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austin 1100 skeleton car

The Austin 1100 Countryman was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 1966, followed by its appearance at the 1967 Earls Court Motor Show.

This 'skeleton' example was produced to demonstrate the still unique BMC engine and transmission layout.

The skeleton car also made an appearance at the Motor Show the following year. It featured on a turntable alongside a fully bodied version.

Electric motors controlled the movement of front and rear seats, demonstrating its carrying capacity to the full. At the end of the show it was put into storage.

In 1998 this unique vehicle was purchased by The 1100 Club from Gaydon. After being on display for some time at the Stondon Motor Museum in Bedfordshire, in July 2016 members of the Essex Branch restored this rare model to its former glory.

Terry Waller has put together this montage of pictures from 1100 Club Tea-m Essex's epic restoration of this unique piece of BMC history during summer 2016, in time for the National Rally and NEC Show.

In Part II, the car is completed and on show!

It was then on display at the club's National Rally in August and at the 2016 NEC Classic Car Show in November...

...before becoming an exhibit at Bentley Motor Museum in East Sussex until the museum closed in 2019.