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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:55 pm 
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My dad had a marina, then an Ital, and he was basically the target market - he has absolutely NO interest in cars, but it did what he wanted. A mass market porridge / mince & tatties car at a cheap / competitive price.

Basically a car for people who went to their local garage and said "hello Bob, not seen you since I dropped it off for it's last service. It's 3 years old, so due to be changed. What you got that's the same?" "well, Sandy, the Marina is now called the Ital, but it's basically the same. Take it for a spin, then when you come back, we'll look at the trim / colour options and sort out the order. How's the family, by the way?"

Job's a good'un. :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:46 pm 
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Soon after I passed my driving test in 1974 I got a holiday job in a local used car dealers, cleaning and delivering secondhand cars. One of my first jobs was to deliver a very early Morris Marina to the customer. I had learnt on a Mk2 Cortina and since passing my test only driven my Mini with 6" Mambas, Goodyear Rally specials, Spax shocks and lowered suspension......the first corner i came upon in the Marina approaching far too fast was a major shock.....I nearly rolled the Marina within sight of the dealership, not being at all prepared for its wayward handling traits compared to my Mini 850......a lesson learned! :o


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:52 pm 
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I would imagine that very few cars back in the day could have similar cornering speeds with standard Minis, let alone modified ones!
I also suspect that 1.1 and 1.3 Mk1 escorts weren't really any better than a Marina in the handling department.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:05 pm 
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My grandfather bought an Australian assembled Leyland Marina new in 1974 with optional radial tyres in "Spanish Olive" green
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The Aussie factory also made the 2600 cc version, this one has been improved a bit since new
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:44 pm 
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Morris Marina – BLMC’s Q Ship
"Many people think of the Morris Marina as a perfectly named car, as it flopped about on the road like a small boat on big waves. It has to be said that several competitors of the day weren’t much better. But the Marina could be modified to devastating effect."
https://www.aronline.co.uk/opinion/blog ... cs-q-ship/


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:35 am 
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The Marina was just a stop gap, to last only 4 or 5 years. It did sell very well to be fair and didn't have many serious warranty dramas. The Estate was a very useful thing, as was the van. They were robust, not overly rust prone and were easy to resell. If they'd spent a bit more and used Triumph McPherson front suspension it would have been better - in the end, not one Morris 1000 part was used unmodified.

Allegros were shocking. Outdated on launch, the only good thing about them was that somehow BL managed to build a car that didn't really rust. Compared to a seventies French car or a Golf they were just shite.

Maxis were my fave, a tremendous car. The single carb 1750 went well, would hum along at 85-90 in fifth and the interior room was immense. I think they were the best handling of the BLMC front drivers after the Mini. Re,ember on holiday, you'd see a Maxi turn up, two adults and about 4 kids pile out followed by a massive tent and a load of luggage? :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:21 pm 
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Had a series of Marina Estates as my company provided service car .. horrible car compared to the Escort Estate that preceded... but Marina was cheap so thats what you got :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:11 am 
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It was indeed a stop gap, but what does not seem to make sense is why the factory didn't update the car with a proper pair of shock absorbers at the front and a linkage to locate the rear axle. Through all those years that the car remained in production they had all the time to introduce these modifications, that wouldn't really have any serious effect on the cost of the car.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 pm 
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The problem with the Marina was that the front end geometry was all wrong - the early 1.8's were lethal.

Roy Haynes who styled the Marina wanted to build a whole range of cars on one platform, and he was well ahead of the game.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:17 pm 
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I think the Ital had telescopic shocks on the front ,well my British Gas Ital van did from new .Still never would go around corners .


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