The likeable Austin A30 was hailed as the UK’s first ‘chassisless’ car, but it was probably its low price and smart styling that sold it to so many buyers during the 1950s. Was upgraded to A35 spec, before receiving a smart new Farina-suit to become the A40. It was a quiet technical revolution for maker, and was certainly lighter and more compact, but with a steering box and part-hydraulic, part-rod brakes, so it didn’t feel as advanced as a Morris Minor on the road.
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Keith Adams IMMEDIATELY post-war, government policy meant that Austin’s inability to replace the Seven left Longbridge producing bigger cars tailored for the American market – great for profit and loss, not so good for those people desperately seeking mobility.
In 1959, Innocenti signed a deal with BMC that would see it become a car manufacturer for the first time. (Photo: Gaetano Zagra) WHEN BMC joined forces with Innocenti in the late 1950s, the first fruit of their union was the Innocenti A40. The car must almost have suggested itself for production in Italy: after […]
BMC – An Austin A40 is the first car to leave the newly completed CAB2 at Longbridge.
GLASGOW HERALD FOUR MILLION AUSTINS The Austin Motor Companies four millionth vehicle, an A40 MK2 saloon, left the Longbridge, Birmingham, assembly lines during the first days production of 1962. It will be sold to Mr Garfield Weston, the biscuit manufacturer. Of the total number of Austin’s produced, 3 million have been produced since the end […]