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Monday 19 March 2018

1978 AUSTIN ALLEGRO 1300S DL ESTATE - Brightwells Auctions Affordable Classics Sale Wednesday 21st March 2018 Bicester Heritage. (OX26 5HA)

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Brightwells Auctions
Affordable Classics Sale
Wednesday 21st March 2018
Bicester Heritage. (OX26 5HA)


Colour: Bronze
Registration Number: UPC 111S
Chassis No.: AE3WJS-361530A
Engine size: 1,275 cc
Engine No.: 80930
Estimate: No Reserve

If you feel the need to own a 1970s Austin Allegro (and such a state is not, sadly, compulsory), then brown is the colour you must have. No other colour is so emblematic of the 1970s and its accompanying flock wallpaper flared trousers and kipper ties. You Millenials don’t know what you’re missing.
This 1978 Allegro 1300S DL Estate brings back lost times more than any crumby little French cake could ever do – it even has Draylon upholstery; all it is missing is a green sun-strip with “Bob” and “Thelma” on it. Whatever did happen to The Likely Lads?
The merits, or otherwise, of the Allegro can be debated for hours by those who are old enough to remember them in their day; and those who are not will take a lot less time in their critical appraisals. On the good side, they had that robust A-series engine – this one has the 1275cc version (and wouldn’t take much to convert to GT spec) – and is the very handy Estate version, which – whisper this – has become something of a cult classic. Really.

Off the road for over seven years, the Allegro failed its 2010 MOT on minor points (dodgy lamps, one leaky wheel cylinder) but what is needed now is not known. However, it does appear to have had some major work done to the floor and sills in 2010 so – fingers crossed – it should not require much work to get the next MOT.

As for mileage, is the 30,693 shown on the clock correct? Well, as anyone who has experienced British Leyland products from the winter of discontent period will tell you, it’s unlikely to have ever made it to 130,693. But then again, if it’s still around after forty years it can’t be all bad.



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