Morris Marina

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The BBC2 motoring show Top Gear has featured several Morris Marinas, all of which have been destroyed. The first Marina was set fire to after Jeremy Clarkson raced it against a Lada driven by James May in the Communist Cars episode. Next, following complaints from the Morris Marina Owners Club, the presenters claimed that they had bought their own Marina to restore. They ended up dropping a piano on it, which they claimed new delivery firm "Careless Airways" was responsible for. In the Rear Wheel Drive Challenge James May was forced to drive a Marina after his own Ford Capri broke down. It was entered in an ice race against Jeremy Clarkson in Porsche 944 and Richard Hammond in a Nissan 300ZX, not to mention several professionals such as Frenchman Olivier Panis. Although the Marina ultimately won the ice race, another piano was dropped on top of it. In the Lancia Challenge a Marina was raced against a Lancia. The Lancia, driven by Clarkson, caught fire and the Marina of Hammond broke down. Hammond had strapped a piano to the roof of the Marina to prevent another one landing on it, although, predictably, one was dropped anyway. In his DVD Duel, Clarkson was about to race a Marina against an Aston Martin, although another piano was dropped on it before it could start. In the Top Gear book Crap Cars by Richard Porter the Marina was voted 4th worst car of all time.

Morris Marina
Manufacturer British Leyland
Also called Austin Marina
Leyland Marina (Australia)
Production 1971–1980
Predecessor Morris Minor
Successor Morris Ital
Class midsize car
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate car
2 door coupé
2-door coupé utility (pick up)
2-door van
Engine 1.3 L A-Series Straight-4
1.8 L B-Series Straight-4 (1971–1978)
1.7 L O-Series Straight-4 (1978–1980)
1.5 L B-Series Straight-4 Diesel
1.5 L E-Series Straight-4 (Australia)
1.75 L E-Series Straight-4 (Australia)
2.6 L E-Series Straight-6 (Australia/South Africa)
Wheelbase 96 in (2,438 mm)
Length 166 in (4,216 mm) (4 door)
163 in (4,140 mm) (2 door)
167.5 in (4,255 mm) (estate)
Width 64 in (1,626 mm)
Height 56.125 in (1,426 mm)
Designer Roy Haynes

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