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1982-1984 AUSTIN Ambassador specifications

1982-1984 AUSTIN Ambassador specifications Classic and Performance Car

BL’s £29m facelift of the Princess gave it the one thing it was crying out from day one: a hatchback. Sadly, in becoming the Ambassador, the quirky full-sized Brit also seemed to lose a great deal of its individuality. But as well as being more practical than its predecessor, the Ambassador also rode even more smoothly, making it an uncannily comfortable cruiser. Lacks the classic appeal of the Princess, and is picked up for pennies, it’s a rusty reminder of BL when its back was most firmly to the wall. 100bhp Vanden Plas is probably the choice of the range.

Production

  • Production:
    43,500
  • Price at launch:
    £5,105
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,000
  • Price (good):
    £600
  • Price (average):
    £350
  • Price (project):
    £200

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    14.3secs
  • Top speed:
    100.0mph
  • Power:
    92.0bhp
  • Torque:
    114.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    31.2mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbones, Hydragas
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, trailing arms, Hydragas
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4550mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2670mm
  • Width:
    1760mm
  • Height:
    1400mm
  • Weight:
    1263kgs

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