1980 ADM Madrid
The last car to be introduced in 1980 by ADMoE was the Madrid. The first car in the line-up to not share its name with a previous ADM model. It came in 3 trims, the base only called Madrid, the V6 and the Prime.
Given that ADM had already spent quite the money adquring Sanda and launching the company ADM of Europe (plus some extra efford was done in designing some racing cars, but more on that later), there was not much money left for the design of a new car. So ADM opted for importing one of Sanda’s models and rebadged it.
The new car was named Madrid in honour of the capital of Spain. In reality, it was a 1978 Sanda Admiral with some re-worked exterior and a left hand drive conversion. Esthetical changes included the branded ADM grill, a re-worked upper rear body, changing it from fastback to a sedan, and changing most badges.
ADM Madrid, base model
Engine wise, the base model came with a 1.8L 4 cylinder B series engine from Sanda, while the other 2 trims swaped it for the ADM V6. Thanks to less extric emissions regulations, the engine was downsized to 2.8L and still produced 120hp, 10 more than it’s american counterpart. It is also the first ADM/Sanda engine using an injection system. All versions were transverse-FWD.
The base model was still pretty good equiped, while the V6 version added a more powerful engine, as well as an upgraded interior and front fog lights. The top of the line, the Prime added alloy wheels, better painting and a refined and premium interior and stereo.
The rear end was identical from Sanda’s admiral, only the headlights were changed
Specs and price
All prices are in 1980 US dlls.
1980 ADM Madrid - $6,983.53
1980 ADM Madrid V6 - $8,953.53
1980 ADM Prime - $10,460.99