1969 AUSTIN 1800 UTILITY
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 236
Year : 1969
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : UBD 140G
Chassis No. : 869
Engine No. : 18YTAH1360
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

Australia, the sixth largest country in the world, is celebrated
for its diverse culture, landmark buildings, ancient geology and
flora and fauna. It's also the birthplace of the 'Ute', a brawny
automotive sub-species, first spawned in the 1930s, combining
comfortable passenger accommodation with a large, separate, rear
cargo space, making it the perfect 'church on Sunday, market on
Monday' vehicle. The concept proved hugely popular and quickly
became ingrained into Australia's motoring psyche. Most Utes were,
and still are, manufactured by Holden and Ford, but, others have
since cashed in on this carry-all market. In 1968, BMC Australia,
having had success with Utility versions of its Austin A50 and A55
models, introduced the Austin 1800 Utility. In production until
1971, some 2,331 (Mk. I & Mk. II) were produced.
Understandably, the survival rate is poor. Just 90 are still
registered in Australia with another five in the UK.

Sourced from Melbourne, Australia by an intrepid owner who
sought the help of the Australian Landcrab Club to find such an
unmolested example, this Austin 1800 was imported into the UK in
2009. After the arrival of his beloved Ute, having used her for
approximately a year, the decision was taken to fulfil some long
awaited cosmetic and mechanical work. What was expected to be a
small amount of remedial work and a cosmetic uplift swiftly turned
into a ground up, full-body restoration. This included a bare-metal
respray in Vert Jade, a leather re-trim, new wooden boards and full
re-build of a stock Wolseley 18/85 engine and a standard Austin
1800 gearbox bought to replace the old unit that was found to be
under performing. The works were performed by BMC/BLMC specialists,
Essential Motor Services in Bromsgrove, taking some 10 months to
complete and resulting in a near concourse example of the plucky
Ute. Since 2014 when the restoration was complete, the owner has
taken this fantastic example to many shows noticeably NEC &
EXCEL and always under its own steam. It would be safe to say that
this example is better today than the day it originally rolled off
of the production line.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170