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1974-1980 VANDEN PLAS 1500/1750 specifications

1974-1980 VANDEN PLAS 1500/1750 specifications Classic and Performance Car

Yes, it’s an Allegro. With a faux-Bentley grille and a rather pretentious air. When the Allegro superseded the 1300 range, it seemed only logical that a posh version would follow to satisfy British Leyland devotees who prized luxury motoring in a small package. The disproportionate grille did little for the Allegro’s already inelegant looks but it had a great interior. Those picnic tables were there, alongside the walnut veneer and hide. Most cars had 1485cc OHC engines of 68bhp but in the final couple of years there was a 90bhp 1748cc unit, only mated to automatic transmission.

Production

  • Production:
    11,840
  • Price at launch:
    £1,951
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,800
  • Price (good):
    £1,300
  • Price (average):
    £600
  • Price (project):
    £100

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    16.7secs
  • Top speed:
    90.0mph
  • Power:
    69.0bhp
  • Torque:
    77.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    27.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, Hydragas
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, Hydragas
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3855mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2432mm
  • Width:
    1613mm
  • Height:
    1397mm
  • Weight:
    850kgs
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