Austin - Austin 1800
The Austin 1800 was introduced in 1964 as the larger car replacing a Mini or Austin 1100, with an 8 foot 10 inches wheelbase. You could see a lot of the Mini about it, and the modern bodywork of the time was designed by Issigonis, followed by Pininfarina geting it less box like. The Austin 1800 was a low and wide car. The interior was also uncluttered, as Issigonis liked,with a ultra modern ribbon speedometer, as had been seen on the V16 BRM BP cars earlier. The suspension was the Hydrolastic type which freed up a lot of space, and Issigonis tried hard to make this as ground breaking a car as the Mini had been, with it's front wheel drive, and attention to detail with a brake biasing system. Unfortunately there were many teething problems after it was released into general use but these were gradually worked through, whether it was difficult gear chages, steering ratios, engine problems with engine mount boding failures and so on, which with hindsight was just because it had not been tested enough before production. The Austin 1800 Series 2 cars came in 1968 and for 1969 a 1800S with twin SU and higher compression took the power up from 86 to 96bhp, and was fitted with a 120mph speedometer . . .
The Austin 1800 tyre size was originally 165R14. Blockley produces this 165HR14 size.