Morris Ital (1980 – 1984) Review

Morris Ital (1980 – 1984) At A Glance


+Based on the Marina, so parts supplies are reasonably good

-Completely outclassed by its rivals of the time - but less of an issue now

The all-new name probably raised expectations, but it's an inescapable fact that the Ital was a sad end to Morris car production (a few Morris Metro 310 vans followed. The Ital was a reasonably effective facelift of the Marina to give it Euro-generic front- and rear-styling, and it also saw the introduction of the A-Plus engine, and 12,000-mile service intervals.

Conceived for company fleets who were still frightened off by front-wheel drive cars, the Ital sold reasonably well before being replaced by the Austin Montego in 1984. A-plus engines were very economical and the 2.0-litre O-series-powered auto could be exciting. For all the wrong reasons.

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What's the worst car ever made?

"In your opinion, what do you think is the worst ever car to roll off the production line? I personally think it is the horrendous Perodua Kenari or Reva G-Wiz, but what do you think personally is the worst ever automotive atrocity?"
Morris Ital.
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