Riley Kestrel /BMC

The BMC ADO16 (Amalgamated Drawing Office project number 16) is a range of small family cars built by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and, later, British Leyland. Launched in 1962, it was Britain's best-selling car from 1963 to 1966 and from 1968 to 1971. The ADO16 was marketed under various make and model names, however the Austin 1100 and Morris 1100 were the most prolific of all the ADO16 variants.

In line with BMC's policy at the time, Austin badged versions of the ADO16 were built at Longbridge, whilst Morris and MG versions were assembled at Cowley. However, some were also built in Spain by Authi, in Italy by Innocenti and at the company's own plant in Belgium. It was the basis for locally adapted similar cars manufactured in Australia and South Africa. Various versions including Austin, Morris, MG, Wolseley and Riley were assembled in New Zealand and Malta from CKD kits from 1963 until the final Austin/Morris versions were discontinued in 1974, a year after the launch of its replacement, the Austin Allegro. The vehicle was launched as the Morris 1100 on 15 August 1962. The range was expanded to include several rebadged versions, including the twin-carburettor MG 1100 (introduced at the end of September 1962), the Austin 1100 (August 1963), the Vanden Plas Princess 1100 (October 1963) and finally the Wolseley 1100 (1965) and Riley Kestrel (1965). The Morris badged 1100/1300 models were discontinued on the launch of the Morris Marina in 1971, but Austin and Vanden Plas versions remained in production in the UK until June 1974. Mark II versions of the MG, Riley, Vanden Plas and Wolseley were introduced in October 1968, at which time Riley abandoned the Kestrel name. The Riley 1300 Mark II was cancelled in July 1969, and signalled the demise of the Riley marque, proving to be a shade of things to come as the 1970s would see British Leyland discontinue the Wolseley marque and sell most of its model ranges under a solitary brand.





Factory Issue Official press Photograph
 Riley BMC Kestrel in Films and TV.
1965 Riley Kestrel MkI in Meitantei Conan, 1996-2018 *= in background
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in The Royal, 2003-2011 *
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in The Glory Boys, 1984 *
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in Heartbeat, 1992-2009 **** = used in car chase/ in story (EEE 406D)/ADO16  Ep. 8.04
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in The Damned United, 2009 * same car !
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in A doppia faccia, 1969 *
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in Give Your Car a Holiday, 1967 *
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in Robinson in Space, 1997 **
1966 Riley Kestrel MkI in Unit Beat Policing, 1968 *
1968 Riley Kestrel MkII in Le silencieux, 1973 *
1968 Riley Kestrel MkII in The Sweeney, 1975-1978 *