144 had by this 1973 model proved itself very reliable, well
built and affordable to maintain. The strong and sturdy nature
off the 144 makes it ideally suitable to small budget, club
level motorsport with its easy supply of parts, as they were
sold in their thousands in Australia over the period 1968-74.
They featured many new and innovative engineering improvements
over existing available cars of the same size such as 4 wheel
disc brakes, 5 speed overdrive gearboxes, double reinforced body
shells that form a safety cell for the occupants, retracting
seat belts and collapsible steering column.
Basic but efficient motor and transmission that with normal
servicing would last twice as long as any other due to the
quality of the internals of the engine eg. Mahle pistons.
The 140 range also included the 142, 145 and 145 Express van.
The 142 and 144 proving the most popular in Australasian
motorsport, even a 145 was entered in the Round Australia Rally
in the ‘70s and did well.