Best BMC A-Series classics

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Best BMC A-Series classics

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"There’s always a strong argument for not fixing something that isn’t broken, but back in 1980, anyone excitedly peering under the bonnet of the newly released Austin Metro might’ve been rather disappointed to see the familiar A-Series rocker cover staring back at them. Never mind that it had been heavily tweaked; British Leyland’s brand-new hope to beat the world was still fitted with an engine that made its debut in the A30 of 1951.
But some things can transcend the desire for the new-fangled technology, and the venerable A-Series has proven to be one of them. It has been fitted to various best-selling cars spanning multiple decades, in a seemingly infinite variety of capacities and states of tune along the way. Indeed, over 14 million units were built.
The engine was initially the work of an independent Austin company but when Austin and Morris Motors were amalgamated to form the British Motor Corporation (BMC), it would be used to power the A30’s bitter market rival, the Morris Minor. In 1956, capacity was increased to 948cc, but that was just the start of a myriad of different engine sizes and transmission layouts spanning almost 50 years.
Several attempts were made to replace the old cast iron motor over the years, but all in vain. Even though the fashion was for high-revving OHC engines, the A-Series still boasted impressive torque and very competitive fuel economy, making investment for costly new designs difficult to justify."
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