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Morris Marina 1.3/1.8


Produced: 1971-1978, 809612 produced. (515888 1.3, 293724 1.8)
Types: Coupe,2 doors,4 seats
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Estate,4 doors,4 seats(Caravanette)
Coupe,4 doors,4 seats
Morris Marina (1971)

Launched as a replacement for the Oxford range, the Marina made its first appearance in 1971. The Marina featured an all new body with modern styling and reasonable interior space. The Marina came with either four door Saloon or two door, four seater "Coupe" bodywork, from 1972 an Estate variant was also available.

Mechanically the Marina made use of Morris Minor derived suspension, rear wheel drive and either a 1.3 A-series or 1.8 B-series engine. Both engines were reliable units but could hardly be described as being the last word in excitement! The Marina soon found itself a victim of the poor build quality and industrial action that gripped Leyland during the 1970's, not only that the 1.8 gained a reputation for its poor handling characteristics. The Marina was eventually replaced by the "warmed-up" Ital in 1980.  Practical Classics January 2002 - Featuring Buyers Guide Morris Marina.  Click Here to view in our shop.

Source: Motorbase


1798ccS4 OHVBMC B-Series80.26mm x 89mm9
1275ccS4 OHVBMC A-Series70.61mm x 81.3mm8.8

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
95 mph11.9 s0 s24 mpg0 bhp 01.8 Estate


WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
8' 0"4' 4"13' 10"5' 4" 0 (18)0' 0"

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