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Little Purple Austin

#1 Post by Vulgalour » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:24 pm

What am I even doing I don't know. Adopted this little rarity this weekend and it'll be arriving at Villa Vulgalour later this month. Because it's an ADO16 it needs some welding. It's been hand-painted purple some years ago. It has most of a green Wolseley interior. I will be keeping it looking pretty much exactly like this bar where any repairs are required.

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I've been after an ADO16 for years, and this one in particular has been on my radar for a while only coming up when the timing was wrong. Base model 1100 Austin version and a rare two-door to make those interior parts that bit harder to acquire should I need them. Should be fun!

This is entirely sensible too, with the Princess suffering from a Hydragas leak what I needed right now was a Hydralastic BMC number that's been off the road for five years. Entirely sensible.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#2 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:14 pm

I think we used to have one of those as a family - many, many, many years ago. A very dark blue and it was 2 door I think. Sub frame was rotten and the car basically collapsed with 4 kids in it on a school run. I was one of the kids :laughing2
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#3 Post by Vulgalour » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:25 pm

Once upon a time they were everywhere and what you describe sounds like what these did. Italian design influence seemed to stretch as far as their tendency to biodegrade.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#4 Post by 1234dist » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:42 pm

Recycling is key to getting new customers...*laughs*
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#5 Post by Vulgalour » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:57 pm

Which is why they're such a booming car company no-oh. Oh dear.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#6 Post by Julesmat50 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:25 pm

Vulgalour wrote:Italian design influence seemed to stretch as far as their tendency to biodegrade.
Like an early form of soluble painkillers - "dissolve in water" :*laughing my fat rear end off*

I can remember 2 members of my extended family having one each of these. One in a mucky blue and one in Mustard...a VERY early 70's colour :*laughs*
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#7 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:49 pm

Made famous of course by John Cleese:

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#8 Post by montegoman » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:51 am

A MK3 in 1100 2Dr form is quite rare. A neighbour had a new one in 1974 in Harvest Gold!
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#9 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:45 pm

This one used to be Harvest Gold, a truly horrendous colour, the current appearance is a vast improvement.
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#10 Post by ROVER-25X » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:06 pm

Keep it purple, will look right at home next to the old lady *laughs*. :laughing2
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#11 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:22 pm

Really nice back-to-basics dashboard in those base model 2-door versions (as per Morris Minor or Mini 850). Not even a temperature gauge! (has anybody noticed that a lot of modern cars don't have a temp gauge?)

I wanted a 1300 as my first car, but parents had other ideas and I ended up with a Mini 1000. I made up for it a year later, though when I bought myself an Austin 1300GT (my first year's no-claims discount offset the high insurance rating :) )

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Re: Little Purple Austin

#12 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:21 pm

Do you want to come and fix the rust for me? I can pay you with terrible puns, home made cake and fresh tea and/or coffee in abundance, but not money.
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#13 Post by 1234dist » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:02 pm

:blink i didn't hear any mention of Bacon then......i'm out :glare
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#14 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:05 am

1234dist wrote::blink i didn't hear any mention of Bacon then......i'm out :glare
Some of us are vegetarian!
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Re: Little Purple Austin

#15 Post by Vulgalour » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:54 am

You can't put bacon in cake.... or can you?
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