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 of the second world war.
The time taken to make the fourth million was three and a half years. The production capacity at Longbridge, which is responsible for more than half of the British Motor Corporations output, is at present about 8,000 a week. This figure will rise to 10,500 vehicles a week when the new car assembly building No.2 is completed later this year.
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