1964-1975, 210000 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
The brilliance of Alec Issigonis Mini design took the motoring world by storm during the 60's, BMC decided that the layout of a transverse, front wheel drive car with wheels at each corner was the way to design all of its new family cars in the future. Following on from the successful 1100 range of 1963, BMC launched the "big brother" to the Mini and 1100 in 1964, the Austin 1800.
The Austin 1800 had new body which although not long in exterior length, offered class leading interior space. The engine was a detuned version of the B-series engine used in the MGB and despite having less power than the MGB, the saloon offered good performance. As usual BMC later "badge engineered" the car into Morris and Wolseley versions.
The 1800 lived on until 1975 through various model year changes, including a Mark 2 version in 1968,and a tuned "S" version in 1969.
|1798cc||S4 OHV||BMC B-Series||80.26mm x 89mm|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Rack-and-pinion||Independent/Hydolastic suspension||Independent/Hydolastic suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|96 mph||13.7 s||22 mpg||80 bhp 5000|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|Unknown||Austin 1800||Anglia Car Auctions||22 Jan 2011||£520.00||-|
|509||1970 Austin 1800 Rally Car||Bonhams||21 Apr 2008||Not sold|
|21||Austin 1800 MKIII Works Rally Replica||BCA||1 Aug 2006||Not sold|
|630||1968 Austin 1800 ‘Landcrab’||Bonhams||24 Jun 2005||Not sold|
|049||Austin 1800 Sectioned (1968)||Bonhams||29 Jun 2003||-||£598.00|
|202||Austin 1800 (1967)||RTS Auctions Ltd||6 Feb 2000||-||-|
|002||Austin 1800 Deluxe (1967)||Christies||13 May 1995||£200.00||-|
Buying guide: BMC 1800-2200
|Publication||Practical Classics September 2003|
|Buying guide: BMC 1800-2200 - A crab without the tight pinch - Launched to Car of the Year acclaim in 1964, Issigonis's trio of front-wheel-drive cars, nicknamed Landcrabs, are still winners.|
Group Test - Year-Round Classics - Keep on running
|Publication||Classics Monthly November 2011|
|Group Test - Year-Round Classics - Keep on running - If you want a dependable year-round classic to beat the autumn chill, here are three of the best. Volvo 122, Austin 1800, VW 412.|
|Publication||Classics Monthly October 2009|
|Dressed Crab - Neglected for years, this Austin 1800 has been lovingly made over...|
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car August 2007|
|Dressed crabs - The Austin 1800 was meant to save BMC, but instead plunged it into crisis. Has this most derided family car redeemed itself asks Simon Charlesworth?|
Thinking of buying a Land Crab?
|Publication||Classic Car Mart September 2006|
|Thinking of buying a Land Crab? - Ted Purcell casts his expert buyer's eye over the BMC 1800/2200 'Land Crab' range.|