"In 1962, a quite revolutionary new saloon was launched by BMC at the same time as the brand new MGB. Initially wearing the Morris badge, ADO16 was hot from the drawing boards of Alec Issigonis and Pininfarina. Offered in many guises by Innocenti, Morris, Riley, Wolseley, Vanden Plas and Austin, the AD016 was truly universal in its appeal. In line with BMC's policy at the time, Austin badged versions of the ADO16 were built at Longbridge, whilst Morris and MG versions were assembled at Cowley. The original Mk. I models were distinctive for their use of a Hydrolastic suspension. Marketing material highlighted the spacious cabin when compared to competitors such as the Ford Anglia, Vauxhall Viva HA and BMC's own still popular Morris Minor. Unlike almost all of its competitors, the AD016 featured front-wheel drive instead of the rear-wheel drive. The Mk. I Austin/Morris 1100 was available, initially, only as a four-door saloon. This little early Austin 1100 is in original condition throughout and presented in the correct factory colour specification of black with contrasting red interior. The car remains unrestored with the original paintwork still present. Registered new in 1965, it remained with its first owner in Canterbury, Kent a vicars wife for three years before being sold to its second owner who was a local employee of Barratts of Canterbury, an Austin main dealer. The second long term owner stored the car in a garage within the walls of Canterbury Cathedral from 1968 until they passed in 2013.
The car has been described as fantastic throughout, complete with all original interior, seats and carpets, headlining, steering wheel, dash and glass. Recent works include new hoses all-round, fluid flush, service, new tyres, full wheel sand blast and recoating in the original colour and finished with flying new ‘A’ stainless hubcaps. The history file accompanying the car includes the original handbook, bill of sale, mechanical invoices, previous MoT test certificates and the original sales brochures. This example is an incredibly genuine car and must be seen to be truly appreciated. "