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An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

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On This Day

Wednesday 9th October 1968

51 years ago

The Austin 3 litre was relaunched in production form. Codenamed ADO61, the car was intended to be BMC's offering in the 3-litre executive class and was originally designed in the early 1960s, before the British Leyland era. Unlike the visually similar (but smaller) front-wheel drive ADO17 range, the 125 bhp 3-litre engine (a 7-bearing modification of the BMC C-Series with twin SU carburettors) drove the rear wheels through a conventional 4-speed gearbox. The car used Hydrolastic suspension with self-levelling hydraulic rams at the rear and was praised for its excellent ride and handling. Alec Issigonis, who designed the front-wheel drive cars, had no part in the 3-Litre, which he was reportedly keen to point out.

Austin 3 Litre (ADO61) - 1968–71

Austin 3 Litre (ADO61) - 1968–71