• Austin Allegro

The Allegro was a model of the British car brand Austin, which was then part of British Leyland. The Allegro was from 1973 to 1983 in production, and the same car was in Italy between 1974 and 1975 by the Innocenti Innocenti Regent market.

In total, more than 640,000 Allegro’s built, but the car is hardly found in European traffic. In New Zealand, by contrast, the Allegro are often used as everyday transport.

The Allegro was marketed as the successor to the popular Austin in 1100 and 1300. However, where the design of the 1100/1300 model that had made a great success were friend and foe agree that the design of the Allegro non would be. really a success The main problem was that in Europe the hatchback body style was emerging with the Volkswagen Golf and Opel Kadett, while the Allegro had a sedan-like tailgate. The marketing department of BL had decided that only the Austin Maxi hatchback would be, which would give the Maxi. unique selling point available

The Allegro was driven through the front wheels, and was renewed Hydragas gasbolvering. This gas spring made it possible to connect the suspension front and rear of the car with each other, which yielded better handling. Hydragas The system was developed by Alec Issigonis (along with Alex Moulton Moulton Design Ltd.), he had to apply in the Mini) this system. BL system was used as a simplified version of Citroën hydropneumatic suspension. Another novelty was (in the early models) the steering wheel, which was square with rounded corners. This new steering wheel was used as a selling point, but garnered little success. Later Allegro models are also equipped with a conventional, round wheel. The weakness of the Allegro were the king pins and shafts. If these specific components have not been maintained in accordance with specifications or fixed then put resulted in accelerated wear on parts. For example, the too tight tightening the hub nut caused the splines of the drive shaft (which the disc is inserted with hub) worn quickly in the axial direction.

After two model changes – in 1975 and 1980 – the Allegro was succeeded in 1983 by the Austin Maestro.