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Austin A40 Sports - 1952

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posted by alias Perico001 on Wednesday 25th of July 2018 11:06:09 AM

Sold for £ 14.000 The Jaguar Land-Rover Collection Brightwells Auctions Bicester Heritage Buckingham Road Bicester Oxfordshire England March 2018 The A40 Sports evolved when Austin’s chairman, Leonard Lord, first saw the striking Jensen Interceptor and requested that its designer, Eric Neale, produce a smaller version based on A40 mechanicals. Based on the running gear of the A40 Devon, the Sports had light aluminium coachwork on a stiffened A40 frame with a boxed centre section to provide rigidity for the open body. The rolling chassis were driven from Austin's Longbridge plant to Jensen in West Bromwich where the bodies were fitted before they were driven back to Longbridge for final assembly. By the time production came to an end in April 1953, just over 4,000 Sports had been built, not bad when you consider that, at £818, it was £300 more than a standard A40 and £250 more than a typical six-cylinder family saloon such as the Vauxhall Velox. Survivors are rare and sought after today. So how exciting is it to be offering not one, but two A40 Sports in the sale today? The first in today’s line up is the delightful grey-blue example which joined the collection in 2012. Delivered on 11th October 1952, it has been restored in the past, changing its colour from Beige according to Experian and has a fine grey leather interior piped in red and an impressive array of accessories. On the inside, these include a Pye Radio and a Redex Car Care Robot which monitors the engines usage of ‘pick-me-up’ Redex shots, while outside a previous owner has added white-wall tyres, a badge-bar, luggage carrier and triple Notek spotlamps. A sheaf of bills show that it has had an extensive engine rebuild, including sprockets on the crank and new rings, all fitted in 2005/6 and there is also a handbook on file. It also has its original buff logbook and old style logbook so there is a nice history to go with it. The car will doubtless need a good going over before use this summer, but what a rewarding prospect that will be, given its smart overall condition and mechanical simplicity.

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