Morris Ital was Introduced in July 1980 as a replacement
for the popular Marina Mk3.
designer Harry Mann was called upon to create the new look,
although the Italian design house ITAL Design was also involved,
but significantly less than reported at the time.
redesign changed the look of the front and rear of the car,
although major body panels remained untouched.
Italís new plastic and chrome squared-off bumpers, door
handles and Euro-standard wrap-around lights gave the car
a more modern look but did little fo the carís aerodynamics.
only did the Marina have an exterior make-over though, the
suspension, trim and soundproofing were also upgraded.
new Ital was aimed at the fleet market, with Austin Morris
marketing the car on its simple design and low running costs.
Austin Morrisí best efforts, the Ital was outclassed by
its rivals and the press criticised the modelís handling
and lack of five-speed gearbox, which hampered motorway
The car was produced until 1984 when it was replaced by