No, this is not a 1981 photo. The 1977 (year built) Austin Allegro above visited last year’s Alfa Romeo show in September, but I surely haven’t seen one of these since the mid-eighties or so.
This Allegro, powered by the 1.5 liter BMC engine, is a 1975-1979 Series 2 with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The production of the original Allegro started in 1973.
It looks like a hatchback, but it isn’t. And that’s just plain stupid. The Allegro “sedan” was also available as a 2-door and there was also a 3-door estate (wagon).
Lots of rear window stickers on this Special(ty), all of them period correct. Quite common back then to cover up your rear window with stickers.
Here’s the brochure. The vinyl top is another typical period correct item. It had to express luxury and plush, no matter the size of the car, as it was even available on a Ford Fiesta. Every car model was entitled to get its dose of Broughaminess. Or Vanden Plasiness, in this case.
Shortly after I took the pictures a man got in the Allegro saloon, cranked it up, and drove off. A completely hassle-free procedure. Then again, the weather conditions were ideal: dry, not too cold, not too hot.