Classic Car Catalogue

Austin 1956

A30 Seven - discontinued
A40/A50 Cambridge - A40 discontinued
A 90 Westminster - discontinued
A135 Princess - discontinued (1947-56 - 1.910 ex.)
A35 - new model
A105 - new model in May
A95 Westminster - new model in October
A55 Cambridge - new model in December
Princess IV - new model
Champ - discontinued in May

Great Britain

A35 (R4, 803 cm³, 28 KM) Kierunkowskazy migowe zastosowano tylko w sedanach. Nabywcy kombi muszą zadowolić się przestarzałym systemem 'semaforów'. Wersje podstawowe kosztują £541 i £573. Wyposażenie De Luxe obejmuje dwie wycieraczki przedniej szyby, ozdobne kły na zderzakach oraz, w wersji 2 drzwiowej, uchylne szyby boczne i kosztuje £554 i £578. Ofertę zamyka kombi Countryman w cenie 638 funtów.
A 95 (R6, 2639 cm³, 92 KM) Westminster jest następcą modelu A 90. Jest dłuższy i występuje też jako kombi Countryman. Opcjonalnie nadbieg lub automat.
A 105 (6 cyl, 2693 cm³, 102 KM) to bardziej luksusowa wersja A 95 z lepszym wyposażeniem, dwukolorowym lakierowaniem i oponami o białych bokach. Rozstaw osi 2,64m. Silnik z dwoma gaźnikami jest taki sam jak w Morrisie Isis.
Zwycięstwo A30 w Rajdzie Tulipanów (R. i E. Brookes).

A30 Seven and a35

wb: 6ft 7½in 4 cyl.
803 cc
28 bhp
4 cyl.
948 cc
34 bhp
Saloon 4-dr Seven Seven  
Saloon 2-dr Seven Seven  
Estate Countryman Countryman  
new model


A35 made from 1956 with 34 bhp and remote gear change, larger rear window, painted grille with chrome surround and flashing trafficators. A much better car than the A30 with a top speed of 72 mph, and much improved acceleration.

A40 / A50 / A55 Cambridge

wb: 8ft 3¼in 4 cyl.
1200 cc
42 bhp
4 cyl.
1489 cc
50 bhp
4 cyl.
1489 cc
51 bhp
Saloon A40 A50   - A40 discontinued
Saloon     A55 - new model in December


Austin A50 (Model HS5) Cambridge Saloon continue with the addition of amber flashing trafficators. This four-door model have the same body shell as the A40 (Model GS5) Saloon but with a four-cylinder 1489-cc engine and different gearbox ratios. Also offered is a Countryman (Model HP5) estate car version, to special order only.
The 1,200 c.c. A 40 and the 1½ litre A 50 Austins were introduced last year, and remain substantially unaltered for this year's Show. In company with two of the larger A.90s, a hotted-up A 50 won the team prize in this year's R.A.C. Rally. On the 1957 models of the Austin A 50, the compression ratio has been increased to 8.3 to 1, a change to be found on most of the B.M.C. cars. The de luxe model of this car has p.v.c. upholstery, carpets, armrests, two sun visors and windtone horns. Overdrive and manumatic two-pedal clutch control are both available as optional extras on the two versions of the A 50.
London review, October '56

A55 Cambridge

A90 and A 95 Westminster

  wb: 6 cyl.
2639 cc
85 bhp
6 cyl.
2639 cc
102 bhp
6 cyl.
2639 cc
92 bhp
Saloon 8ft 7¾in A90 - - - discontinued
Saloon 8ft 7¾in - A105   - new model in May; discontinued
Saloon 8ft 9¾in - A105 A95 - new model in October
Countryman 8ft 9¾in - - A95 - new model in October


A95 - Autumn 1956 re-styling of the A90 with longer tail treatment, new grille and wrap around rear window. Power increased by 7 bhp, giving 90 mph, and extra 2" in wheelbase. Overdrive or automatic options, and optional floor change from spring 1958. Countryman estate car with horizontally split tail gate is also available.

The A90 was replaced by the A95 in October 1956.
A 95 Westminster. Having a reputation as a fast and roomy family car, the A.90 Westminster has been further improved and christened the A.95 for 1957. A four-door 5/6-seater of integral construction, it is powered by a 2.6-litre six-cylinder overhead-valve engine. Compression ratio has been raised to 8.3 to 1 and power output is increased to 92 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. The standard transmission incorporates 4-speed synchromesh gear box with steering column lever, but as optional extras, a BorgWarner overdrive or a fully automatic transmission, also of Borg-Warner manufacture, are available. Two inches have been added to the wheelbase and overall height is reduced by modifications to the suspension. There is a larger wrap-round rear window and styling changes which affect the radiator air intake, body sides and rear quarters. These are common to the A.95 model.
A 95 Countryman. Specification of the A.95 Countryman is identical with that of the A.95 saloon, excepting the gear ratios which are lower. Borg Warner automatic transmission may be had as an optional extra, in place of the manual fourspeed gearbox. The new body is of all-steel construction and, while it follows the general style of the normal saloon, the extended rear quarters greatly increase the internal space. Loading doors in the rear panel are divided horizontally, the lower door lining up with the platform behind the rear seats when open. The load space of 28 cu ft is increased to 62 cu ft by folding forward the rear seat. This seat may also be folded back so that the squab, which is divided, forms head rests for a double bed space. Maximum load when Dunlop Cushion Fort tyres are specified is five people, estimated to weigh 750 lb collectively, and approximately 560 lb of luggage.
London review, October '56

A 95 Countryman at London Show in October.

A 95 Countryman – December advert.

Austin A105 (Model BS5) Saloon. Introduced in the spring of 1956 this six-cylinder 2639-cc twin-carburettor engined model have the same basic body as the A90 Westminster.
A105 from May 1956, drops the Westminster name and is powered by twin SU equipped engine, as fitted to Healey 100/6, giving 92 bhp, and 90 mph top speed, and standard overdrive. Lowered suspension, extra chrome, better trim, two tone paint, and white wall tyres, distinguish this model. Both models superseded in 1956. A105 has same body changes, but has two tone paint with contrasting stripe along the sides. Still with 92 bhp engine.
It was in May of this year that Austin announced a more powerful and more lavishly equipped version of the A.90, designated the A.105. Borg Warner overdrive was standardized, while twin S.U. carburettors and a higher compression ratio raised the power output. Double valve springs and a modified exhaust system were incorporated at the same time. Changes to the suspension lowered the roof line by more than one inch and slotted wheel discs were added. Seat width and leg , room were increased and upholstery trim was changed. These features are continued in the 1957 model and, in addition, there are styling changes. The radiator air intake is redesigned and along each side of the car are decorative chromium strips enclosing an area painted in a contrasting colour. The rear wings no longer slope rearwards at their trailing edges but blend neatly with the rear body panel and incorporate rear lights (of more modest proportions) and reflectors grouped at waist level. The boot lid now extends to bumper height. Wheelbase is increased by 2in and Borg Warner fully automatic transmission is available as an optional extra. Front seats are separate but can be aligned to seat three if required and there are folding arm-rests. Special safety features are a dished steering wheel and a padded facia capping.
London review, October '56

A 105 at London Show in October.

A135 Princess III

  wb: 6 cyl. ohv
3993 cc
135 bhp
- discontinued
Saloon 9ft 11¼in    
Saloon 11ft 0in    
Limousine 11ft 0in    


Austin A135 four-light Touring Limousine Mark III version (Model DM5) is continued for 1956 – identified by built-in combined sidelamps and flashing trafficators on the wings above the front bumper. The engine is a 3993-cc OHV Six. Also available are a Saloon (DS5) and a long-wheelbase Saloon (DS6) and Limousine (DM4).

Princess IV

wb: 10ft 1¾in 6 cyl. ohv
3993 cc
150 bhp
- new model


Developed from the current A135 Princess model, the car has a new chassis, power-assisted steering and vacuum-servo assistance for the Lockheed brakes. Two-pedal control is standard equipment. Transmission is by the fully automatic Hydramatic unit, incorporating a torque converter and epicyclic gear trains which are selected by a control system sensitive to speed and load. A steering column lever enables the driver to obtain reverse and an emergency low range of ratios. Vanden Plas build the six-seater body, which is a composite structure of steel and light alloy, rubber mounted on the chassis. Equipment and finish are lavish and include built-in heater and ventilator unit, hide upholstery, pile carpets and walnut-veneered facia and woodwork. The makers claim a maximum speed of about 100 m.p.h, for this model, which is powered by a six-cylinder, 4-litre overhead valve engine developing 150 b.h.p. at 4,100 r.p.m. On the same chassis a limousine version is available, with power-operated glass division.
London review, October '56

FX3 Taxicab



Austin FX3 Taxi




The contract with British Military was canceled and only 1825 wehicles were delivered this year. Production ceased in May. Total production has finished with 12991 units rather than 15000 orderd in 1951.
During 1952-56 Austin also offered a civilian version (Model WN3), with their own A90 engine, civilian-style instrument panel and non-folding windscreen.