The Mini had proved so successful a piece of automotive packaging that BMC applied its innovative transverse engine/front-wheel-drive formula to successively larger models. Following the 1100/1300, the '3rd Generation' 1800 range arrived in 1968 powered by the 1,798cc four-cylinder B-Series engine and boasting BMC's first all-synchromesh gearbox. Hydrolastic all-independent suspension made for an exemplary quality of ride while the stiff unitary construction bodyshell offered greater interior space than any of its home grown rivals. Given these attributes it is perhaps not entirely surprising that the Austin and Morris 1800s - known by the affectionate sobriquet 'Landcrab' - shone in arduous long-distance rally events, most notably in the Daily Express London-Sydney Marathon of 1968 when five much-modified works cars finished in the top 25, the best results being 2nd overall (Paddy Hopkirk) and 5th overall (Rauno Aaltonen).
The current owner purchased this Austin 1800S from the deceased first owner's son. After some basic maintenance engine mounts replaced, Hydrolastic suspension serviced 'YBW 105J' was deemed sound enough for despatch to Downton Engineering for a 'Stage 2' tune and conversion to unleaded compatibility, these works being undertaken in 2010. Benefiting from a partial repaint in October 2012, the car is described as in very good/excellent condition and offered with sundry bills, current road fund licence, Mot to April 2014 and Swansea V5 document.