Welcome to 365 Days of Motoring

An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

On This Day

Wednesday 16th May 1973

46 years ago

British Leyland announced the Austin Allegro. It was launched in September 1974, with an on-the-road price of £1,159. Made between 1973 and 1983, the car was plagued with so many design problems, it was dubbed the ‘All-aggro’. Bizarrely, it was more aerodynamic when travelling backwards, and the early versions boasted a rectangular steering wheel, but it was nevertheless a very popular car. As late as 1979, 6 years after its launch, it was the fifth best-selling new car in Britain, although sales were falling by the time it was replaced by the Maestro in 1983. In a July 2008 poll conducted by The Sun, the Austin Allegro was named ‘the worst British car ever made.’

Austin Allegro Interior with Quartic steering wheel

Austin Allegro Interior with Quartic steering wheel