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Dave-M
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:02 pm    Post subject: phase11r Reply with quote

Tony, what's a phase11R ?
Dave
ps I may have some info on 8500DT or 850 ODT
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:48 am    Post subject: Olympics Reply with quote

The designation phase 11R appears to be the description which has been adopted to denote an Olympic phase 2 which uses Riley front suspension rather than the more known Triumph suspension.

Latterly in the production Rochdale Motor Panels were using the phase 2 moulds for all Olympics, if the customer wanted to use Riley/Minor components for their car then it was fitted with a phase 1 front subframe but maintained a phase 2's larger bonnet aperture, thinner doors, and rear hatch.

This nominal designation shouldn't be confused with any reference to a racing model.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:22 pm    Post subject: Phase 11R Reply with quote

Hi Dave,

When the Phase 11 came out in 1963, there where customers who still wished for BMC running gear. So RMP carried on supplying Phase 1 bodies.
When the Phase 1 mould became worn out, instead of making a new mould RMP fitted the Phase 1 front subframe into the Phase 11 bodyshell.
RMP never gave this bodyshell a name, but over the years people started calling it a Phase 1 1/2.
But as the only Phase 1 part is the subframe and the rest is Phase 11 we decided for the Olympic History Archive to call the model a Phase 11R (R for Riley).

Regards,

Tony.

PS) Dave you have a PM.
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