Classic Car Catalogue

Austin 1949

A40 Devon  
Sixteen - discontinued in March (1945-49 - 35.434 ex.)
A125 Sheerline  
A135 Princess  
A70 Hampshire  
A90 Atlantic  
Hire Car FL1  
Taxicab FX3  

Great Britain

In October last year joint statements by the Austin Motor Co. and the Nuffield Organisation revealed that the two companies intended to combine their factory resources and to interchange information on production methods, costs, design, research and maintenance in order to bring about a closer standardization and consequent increase in efficiency and lower costs.
The two companies now announce that, following preliminary investigations, the interchange of confidential information has ceased; no further steps will be taken to pool production resources and no merger of any kind is contemplated. There will, however, still be consultations through the medium of the recently formed standardization committee on matters affecting the motor industry as a whole.'

The Autocar 1949

Stoisko na salonie w Nowym Yorku poświęconym samochodom Europejskim.
 

A40 Devon

wb: 7ft 8½in 4 cyl. ohv
1200 cc
40 bhp
 
Saloon 4-dr Devon  
Estate Countryman  
Van GV2  
Pick-up GOU2  

 

 

A70 Hampshire

wb: 8 ft 4 cyl. ohv
2199 cc
67 bhp
 
Saloon Hampshire  
Estate Countryman - new model in November

 

Austin A70 Hampshire Saloon, Model BS2, was introduced in July 1948, and has the same 2199-cc engine as the old Sixteen (which was discontinued in March 1949). It features IFS and steering-column gearshift. Brakes are Girling hydraulic 2LS front, mechanical rear and wheelbase is 8 ft. From November an Estate Car version was offered, the Model BW3 Countryman.

A70 Hampshire at Earls Court.

A70 Countryman

A70 Countryman
 

A90 Atlantic

wb: 8 ft 4 cyl. ohv
2660 cc
88 bhp
 
Convertible    
Sports Saloon   - new model in October

 

Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible, Model DB2, appeared in February 1949. It feature rather unusual body styling and is powered by a twin-carburettor (SU) 2660-cc OHV Four engine of 88 bhp (a larger-bore edition of the Sixteen and A70 engine). The Atlantic made history at Indianapolis, USA, where it broke many International records during an impressive run which lasted seven days and nights. Power hood available in A90 Atlantic as an option, and fixed head saloon from 1949.

A 90 Atlantic Convertible
 

A125 Sheerline

  wb: 6 cyl. ohv
3993 cc
125 bhp
 
Saloon 9ft 11¼in A125  
Limousine 11ft 0in A125 - new model in September

 

Austin A125 Sheerline DS1 is a carryover from the previous year. In September 1949, an A125 Limousine was introduced. This car, designated Model DM1, is a lengthened six-light edition of the Saloon, with a wheelbase of 11 ft (v. 9 ft 11 ½ in). It have a glass partition between front and rear compartment and a two-piece propeller shaf
 

A135 Princess

  wb: 6 cyl. ohv
3993 cc
135 bhp
 
Saloon 9ft 11¼in A135  

 

A Touring Limousine (DM2) version of the Vanden Plas bodied A135 Princess had been introduced in the previous October.
 

Taxicab and Hire Car

  4 cyl. ohv
2200 cc
 
Taxicab FX3  
Hire Car FL1  

 

Austin Hire Car, Model FL1, is a four-door edition of the FX3 Taxi with single-piece front seat. It have the 2.2-litre (2199cc) OHV Four engine, developing 67 bhp at 3800 rpm, driving through a four-speed gearbox and underslung worm drive rear axle. Brakes are Girling mechanical and four hand-operated Smith hydraulic jacks are standard fitments. Turning circle is 35 ft.