The stylist of the Austin Allegro, Harris Mann, said of the car that 'It took a lot of stick, but it wasn't that bad a car ... The trouble was that every one off the line was different in some way, thanks to quality control.' As a result, few have bothered to explore the little Austin's background; what it was designed to achieve, how it became the way it was, and what happened to make it so infamous. Austin Allegro - An Enthusiast's Guide redresses the balance, telling the Allegro's tale of grand designs, high hopes, management compromises, failed dreams, industrial unrest, national ridicule and finally, redemption. Now experiencing something of a comeback as a cheap and cheerful classic, the book provides ownership advice and buying information for all models.
Ben Wanklyn is a motoring writer, with a passion for unusual and under-appreciated classic cars. A freelance writer for Practical Classics, Classic Cars and Classic Car Weekly motoring magazines, Ben has road-tested a diverse range of classics, dating as far back as the 1920s. Based in Dorset, he has owned, driven, repaired, and had adventures in, a number of Allegros. He currently drives a 1963 Humber Sceptre.