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ADM of Europe™ - 1982 European Touring Car Championship



ADM of Europe is a subsidiary company of Automotores de México (ADM), founded in late 1979 in Seville, Spain, with its headquarters later moved to Frankfurt, Germany.

As part of the efforts to expand to europe, a new division was founded by ADM with the help of Sanda Motor Corporation (at the time, ADM was a major stakeholder). Given the difference between the two markets and regulations, models eventually evolved and ADM of Europe presented new and different designs to its parent company.

Current 1982 line-up:



  • 1980 - 1984 1.3L Hatchback - $4,517.40
  • 1980 - 1984 1.3L Sedan - $4,972.12
  • 1980 - 1984 1.6L Station wagon - 5,076.34
  • 1980 - 1984 1.6L Prime - $7,690.26


  • 1980 - 1984 Base - $6,983.53
  • 1980 - 1984 V6 - $8,953.53
  • 1980 - 1984 Prime - $10,460.99

Competition Cars

'82 Pilgrim Group A - ETCC

Pilgrim - Group A.car (35.0 KB)

ADM - 1982 Galgo

1980 ADM Chapeau

Yellow and fun

One of the first models ADMoE introduced upon its arrival, was the Chapeau un 1980. Initially, only available in 1 trim, the Chapeau was all what the ADM models in America weren’t.


For around some years, ADM was toying with the idea of entering the European markets, but without a clear plan or right models was something difficult. So, in 1978 it bought a part of Sanda to solidify a partnership, which will allow ADM to use some of the japanese automaker technology to shorten the gap ADM had.

Without further ado, in 1980 the Chapeau was presented. It took its name from one of past ADM models, but the design was entirely new, based in a new platform build togheter with Sanda for future compact and mini vehicles. Also, ADM desided to change the naming philosphy of cars, going back to older names (in Spanish) for North America models (such as Villa, Madero, Rivera…) while using the non-spanish names for its subsidiary in europe.


Power-wise, it used a smaller version of Sanda’s B family engine that powered the Archer and the Admiral. 1.2L L4 DAOHC with 55hp and 64ft-lb, more than enough to move the light 691kg car.

Only available as a base version, it came standard with a 4speed manual transmission and front solid discs (nothing else, really. Basic interior and no entertainment).

Chapeau Base - $3,675 (in 1980)

Sanda Motor Corporation - 1982 Ridge Super Silhouette
ADM - 1982 Galgo

A foreign branch of ADM? There wasn’t one in Kee, but given that in the UE4 timeline, the company wanted to expand its presence beyond its Mexican manufacturing base, I can now see the justification behind it.


Besides, it is fun to learn more about the differences between european and american car regulations, and to “stretch” my creativity with alternate designs and tunings for ADM/Sanda.


1980 Pilgrim

It came from a foreign land, far far away

As part of their plan to get into the european markets, ADMoE introduced a compact car, a mid size and a executive models as part of their 1980 lineup. The pilgrim not only was a mide size sedan, also had hatchback and station wagon variants.


The original Pilgrim was a station wagon with a longitudinal engine and front wheel drive, which was the replacement for the much older Quijote. ADM decided to revise the concept and bring it overseas (but with RWD), with the addition of several trims.

One of the most excitings things was the engine, a collaboration between ADM and Sanda engineers allowed them to mix both their technologies on direct acting OHC to bring their first DOHC system. The A series engine was basically an old aluminum engine block provided from ADM (the original alu4) with re-design aluminum heads by Sanda. The result was a light unit with lots of power for its size.


The 1.3L Hatchback model was the cheapest trim, 4 seats, a basic interior and a simple 1 speaker radio was all included (not even power steering). The next trim was the 1.3L sedan, with 4 doors and better interior with power steering. All powered by a 1.3L variant of the A4 engine.

The station wagon was the same as the sedan in terms of interior, only with bigger cargo and a 1.6L version of the engine. Finally, the top of the line was simply called Prime. 1.6L engine, with alloy wheels, more comfortable suspension and a proper audio system.

1.3L A4 engine - 63hp & 73 ft-lb.
1.6L A4 engine - 81hp & 89 ft-lb.

…and back

Specs and Price
All are 1980 prices

Pilgrim 1.3L Hatchback - $4,517.40

Pilgrim 1.3L Sedan - $4,972.12

Pilgrim 1.6L Prime - $7,690.26

Pilgrim 1.6L - $5,076.34

ADM - 1982 Galgo
ADM - 1982 Galgo

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

Sanda Motor Corporation - 1982 Ridge Super Silhouette
ADM - 1982 Galgo

1981 Chapeau Convertible and Chapeau Prime

In 1981, 2 new trims were added to the Chapeau, a soft top convertible and a more equiped Prime version.

History and development
Given the Chapeau was well received un european markets, 2 more versions were introduced the next year. The Softop convertible was already in development, but due to some details in the design it wasn’t produced until 1981, while the Prime version was designed and ready to being produced in a year time.

New models received the mandatory rear fog light, as well as a new 16V badge

To compensate for the extra weight, the original 1.2L B series engine was swaped for the 1.3L A series engine from the Pilgrim, going from 55 to 63hp and from 8 to 16 valves.

In comparison to the base version, the soft top had a nicer interior with nice levels of padding, plus a dual speaker 8 track player, while the prime got a 4 speaker system and power steering. Both came with 4 speed manual gearboxes, but gearing was revised to give a better fuel economy.

Chapeau prime in ADM prime color. Besides the badge to the side, it got fog lights

Specs and price
Prices in 1981 US dlls

1981 Chapeau Convertible - $3,494.43

1981 Chapeau Prime - $3,708.14

ADM - 1982 Galgo

1982 Pilgrim ETCC

In order to give more publicity to the company in europe, ADM decided to launch a racing program in Europe (as well as in Japan for Sanda). With the new FIA regulations for 1982, ADM homologated the Pilgrim 1.6L Prime trim. The car was homologated accordingly to Group A regulations, and it was the single competitor in the 0-1600 cc division on the European Touring Car Championship.

Due to the rules, the engine modifications were limited, and as a result, the 1.6L A series engine produced 148hp at 7,300rpm. The car only weighted barely above 800kgs which made it the lighter car in the competition.

Sadly the car only was competitive in the 1982 season, but it was rendered too slow for the 1983 season,
where most cars had at least 280hp, even with its light weight the Pilgrim couldn’t compete, so it was remplaced with another homologated car by the 1984 season.

ATT: 2:28.61
Airfield: 1:29.67