VITAL STATS

Morris Marina Coupe (1971-1980)

British Leyland had decided to continue using the Morris name for their more standard range of vehicles and use the Austin name for the new innovative designs. From around 1968 there were great plans for the Marina Coupe, however due to poor project and cost management, things didn’t quite go to plan.

Originally the 2-door Marina was to be pitched as a premium sports coupe to potentially compete with Ford’s Capri by appealing to the younger buyer. However, ever increasing costs for British Leyland meant rushed compromises had to be made in order to reach production deadlines. The Marina was finally launched as a more economy coupe than originally intended and was in fact cheaper to buy than the less exotic looking saloon version with identical mechanics.

Despite the mechanical misgivings the Marina Coupe was successful and tended to get buy on its good looks. Today the Marina Coupe is a rare sight and still tends to own an alluring persona giving it a certain appeal of its own.

LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
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  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc

LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc

LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc
SPECIFICATION
Years Produced 1971-1980
Performance0-60 mph 17.3 sec / Top Speed 88 mph
Power & Torque 60 bhp / 69 lb ft
Engine1275 cc / four cylinder 8 valves
Drive-train Front engine RWD
TransmissionFour speed manual
Weight868 kg
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH
 Launch201020112012201320142015
Concourse£923.00£5,000.00£5,500.00£6,000.00£7,000.00£8,500.00£10,000.00
Excellent£3,000.00£3,500.00£4,000.00£5,000.00£6,000.00£6,500.00
Good£1,500.00£2,000.00£2,000.00£2,500.00£3,000.00£3,000.00
Fair£500.00£750.00£900.00£1,000.00£1,000.00£1,000.00
A BUYERS GUIDE

Fewer than 800 Morris Marina’s survive in the UK currently; even less coupes so finding a decent one will be an arduous task indeed. Now we all know British build quality way back in the seventies was not what it should have been so rust will always be an issue when it comes to a Morris Marina. This was partially due to poor weather sealing allowing water to get in everywhere. I know it’s a cliché but take a magnet with you and a soft cloth, as nice shiny body work can hide a multitude of sins, not only rust but filler hiding rust and dodgy welding, always be on your guard with an old car.

The Morris Marina ended up using many parts from its predecessor including the A-Series engine which was a bit old fashioned then. It’s a tough enough unit, although it has its work cut out with the heavy Marina. Look for signs of oil being burnt and listen for nasty noises from within, although you should also expect some tappet and timing chain chatter. It’s an A-series, they all do that.

Gear boxes don’t last that long. Sure signs of wear are noisy gear changes and clutch judder can mean worn gearbox mountings. Make sure you get as much history as you can with the car of your choice. This will go some way in to satisfying you that the Marina has been looked after.

INSURING A Morris Marina Coupe

These little coupes are over 35 years old now so insurance premiums are as low as they can be. At Heritage Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.

  • This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60. The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily.

Annual premium – £85.23 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45. The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily.

Annual premium – £85.23 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30. The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily.

Annual premium – £85.23 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £5,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria.

INSURING A Morris Marina Coupe

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