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1976 Austin FX4

1976 Austin FX4 in Edgar Wallace - Whiteface, Movie made for TV, 2002 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1976 Austin FX4

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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Gamer DE

2017-11-10 16:15

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Austin FX4.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2017-11-10 16:28

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The number plate is in the wrong position, so this scene was probably filmed in Germany.

Lateef NO

2017-11-10 20:26

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78+ black overriders

Sandie SX

2017-11-11 12:39

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1976 is the good year for the start of those overriders (just look at all the 1976 and 1977 samples listed here with them and dates verified by plate).

Maybe this one again:
/vehicle_1083736-Austin-FX4-1981.html
/vehicle_1083769-Austin-FX4-1981.html

Lateef NO

2017-11-11 12:53

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Sorry, I got that year off older comments without questioning it (which indeed seems to be inaccurate).

Sandie SX

2017-11-11 19:33

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I probably should try to correct the others. I'm also trying to establish when exactly the rear lights changed as the 1968 date might be a bit doubtful (it seems to actually be a year or two later)

dsl SX

2017-11-11 19:44

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Sandie wrote ... I'm also trying to establish when exactly the rear lights changed as the 1968 date might be a bit doubtful (it seems to actually be a year or two later)

Could be. I've always assumed their earliest possibility was a result of Sept 67 intro on ADO16 Mk2 and spread to FX4. But no actual info when they were adopted by FX4.

dsl SX

2017-11-11 20:42

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"The facelift - In 1968, following the abandonment of the proposed ADO39 replacement model, the FX4 received its first (and only significant) facelift. The rear wings were redesigned to accept the tail lights from the MkII version of the BMC 1100/1300, thus doing away with the need for the roof-mounted turn-indicators; this also required the fitting of separate front indicators, which were mounted on the front wings below the headlamps. While the drivers no doubt welcomed this update, they were surely far more grateful for the long-awaited sound-deadening, and the extra 4 inches of legroom which was liberated by setting the partition at an angle, thus allowing a less-upright driving position." from ARonline.

Same page also has a photo caption:
".... a Carmine Red FX4R poses outside the Tower of London. Note the black plastic overriders, which had been fitted since 1979 when the worn-out tooling for the original Wilmot Breeden-sourced chrome items had been deemed too expensive to replace. By 1985, the same problem would see the loss of the chrome bumpers themselves, with the FX4S featuring far cheaper rolled steel items designed and made in-house at Carbodies."

Sandie SX

2017-11-11 21:10

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We know the 1979 bit is wrong at least, should we trust the first bit?

I look at samples like:
/vehicle_375491-Austin-FX4-1968.html
/vehicle_211988-Austin-FX4-1968.html
/vehicle_169615-Austin-FX4-1968.html

... and wonder if some time in 1969 is the "good" year.

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