The BMC 1100/1300 in Japan

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The BMC 1100/1300 in Japan

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AROnline: The BMC 1100/1300 in Japan.
"The Japanese took the BMC 1100/1300 (ADO16) to their hearts in a big way, leading to a mass exodus of decent examples to Japan in the 1990s.
And when the demand for the cars began to outstrip the supply of pukka models, a gaggle of ingenious reproductions began to appear…"
https://www.aronline.co.uk/cars/bmc/110 ... ariations/

AROnline: Recollections from Japan.
"Cedric Talbot was the BL Export Sales Manager for Japan - the Mini was in demand and was being grey imported in quite big numbers, so we worked hard to get it officially homologated. It’s another story, but in the end we succeeded and I was very happy to secure an initial order for 1000 Minis, which I believe was at the time the biggest single order ever taken for a foreign car. Going back to the ADO16 story, there were originally two BMC importers: Capital Enterprises with Austin and Nichiei Jidosha (meaning Japan-British Motors) with Morris and MG. The emission standards introduced around 1973 were so severe that only models which already met the Californian standards could be easily homologated in Japan. Everything else had to be fitted with exhaust catalysts locally and the cars were approved one by one at local MoT test stations, at significant unit cost. The numbers of ADO16s imported at that time were tiny and these were sold at surprisingly high prices to a limited clientele of British car enthusiasts...."
https://www.aronline.co.uk/opinion/japanese-memories/
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