Austin A30 - 35

Austin A30 4dr Sectioned
Sectioned A30 4dr

Austin A30 Facia
A30 Facia


It was in 1951 that the Austin A30 Seven arrived on the scene. This car was the first Austin model to not have a chassis, in that the body was of unit-construction which meant that the chassis and body were combined into one whole unit. It will be remembered also because it had a brand new overhead-valve engine of 803cc, which became known as the 'A' series.

AS3 version that ran from May 1952 to October 1953 with the bodies produced by Briggs of Dagenham. The total production of this version at Longbridge was 25,609 vehicles, with about 4,427 been exported as CKD kits. Next came the A2S4 - AS4 so this gave the public the option of a 2dr or a 4dr version. These ran from October 1953 to September 1956, with a production run of the Saloons of 88,513.

In August 1954 both a Van (AV4) and Countryman (AP4) were added. A total of 29,008 were produced. In September 1956 A30 production ceased to make way for the A35 version.

Briggs were still supplying the bodies till around May/June 1955 when the production of Fisher & Ludlow bodies started to appear, and by September they became the sole supplier of the body panels etc.

Briggs had been supplying panels and complete bodies for many years after WWII, but when the Ford Motor Company bought Briggs in 1953, Austin/BMC looked for an alternate supplier and bought Fisher & Ludlow in the same year.



Austin A30 4dr
Austin A30 Seven 4dr

Austin A30 2dr Saloon
Austin A30 Seven 2dr


A30-Interior
A30-WindowA30-rear-quater-A
A30-Boot
A30-Under-bonnett


A30-Body
A30 Welding lines in West Works


Date when launched late 1951 (4dr) 1953 (2dr)
Discontinued in 1956/7
Total produced 19,217

Engine
803 cc 28 bhp at 4,800 rpm Max torque 40lbs/ft at 2,200 rpm

Main measurements
Length 11ft 4.4ins Width 4ft 7.1ins Height 4ft 10.3ins
Wheelase 6ft 7.5ins Track front 3ft 9.2ins rear 3ft 8.8ins

Price ex Works
Nov 1953 A30 2 dr £475 A30 4 dr £504
Nov 1955 A30 2 dr £503 A30 4 dr £533



Austin A30 Seven Countryman

Austin-A30-Countryman

A30-Countryman

Date when launched Oct 1953
Discontinued in Sept 1956
Total produced 29,008 Van & Countryman

Engine
803 cc 28 bhp at 4,800 rpm Max torque 40lbs/ft at 2,200 rpm

Main measurements
Length 11ft 5.9ins Width 4ft 8ins Height 5ft 3ins
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5ins Track front 3ft 9.2ins rear 3ft 8.8ins

Price ex Works
Sept 1954 £560

Nov 1955 £593



Austin A30 Van
Austin A30 5cwt Van


Date when launched 1954
Model discontinued in 1956
Total produced 29,008 Van & Countryman

Engine
803 cc 28 bhp at 4,800 rpm Max torque 40lbs/ft at 2,200 rpm

Main measurements
Length 11ft 5.9ins Width 4ft 8ins Height 5ft 3ins
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5ins Track front 3ft 9.2ins rear 3ft 8.8ins

Price ex Works standard colour
Sept 1954 £365 incl £40 Purchase Tax
Jan 1956 £372 incl £47 Purchase Tax


Total A30s produced was 223,264 (all versions) which includes 25,598 in CKD form



Austin A35 Range


Austin-A35-Artwork

The A35 was launched at Earls Court Motor Show on the 2nd October 1956, with a larger engine of 948 cc and the gearbox had a remote-control gear-change. On the body side the radiator grille was now painted with a chrome-plated surround. The other distinguishing feature was the enlarged wrap-round rear window.

It was available in five versions, Saloon 2dr & 4dr Countryman, Van and Pick-up, and was known as the 5 series. Production which had started in September 1956 continued till Spring 1959 for the Saloons, although the Pick-up only had a production run of two years 1956/57. The Van and Countryman continued been made to February 1962. After this point 74 Countryman's, were made before this model was discontinued. The Van continued in production, and in September 1962 was upgraded with the fitting of the 1098cc engine and stronger road springs so that the carrying capacity became 6cwt. Also the body received a chrome strip round where the two side panels meet. The van continued until February 1968, with the option of the 848cc engine.

Austin-A35-2dr

A35-2dr-Rear-Interior
A35-Interior
A35-Facia
A35-Boot

Austin-A35-Engine-Com

A35-Van-body
A35 Van Welding line West Works


Austin A35 Saloon 2dr - 4dr

Date when launched 1956
Discontinued in 1959
Total produced 209,333

Price ex Works
2 dr De-luxe Jan1957 £554 incl. £185 Purchase Tax
4 dr De-luxe Jan1957 £578 incl. £193 Purchase Tax
Engine
948 cc 34 bhp at 4,750 rpm Max torque 50lbs/ft at 2,000 rpm
Main measurements
Length 11ft 4.4ins Width 4ft 7.1ins Height 4ft 11.3ins
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5ins Track front 3ft 9.2ins rear 3ft 8.8ins



A35-Countryman
Austin A35 Countryman

Date when launched 1956
Discontinued in 1962
Total produced 144,777 Van & Countryman

Price ex Works
Standard Colour Jan 1957 £638 incl. £213 Purchase Tax

Engine
948 cc 34 bhp at 4,750 rpm Max torque 50lbs/ft at 2,000 rpm
Main measurements
Length 11ft 5.9ins Width 4ft 8ins Height 5ft 4ins
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5ins Track front 3ft 9.2ins rear 3ft 8.8ins



Austin-A35-Van-adv
Austin A35 5 cwt Van

A35-Van-1098cc
A35 6 cwt van showing the chrome strip


Date when launched Nov 1956
Discontinued in 1968
Total produced series 6
13.222 Vans with just 155 exported
74 Countryman with 13 exported
Total produced series 8, van only (no series 7)
14,230 - 848 cc engine
45,685 - 1098 cc engine



Price ex Works
Standard Colour Jan1957 £400 incl. £51 Purchase Tax

Engine
948 cc Nov1956 to Oct 1962 --- 1098cc Oct 1962 to 1968
848 cc Oct 1963 to Feb 1968

848 cc 34bhp at 5,500 rpm Max torque 44lbs/ft at 2,900 rpm
948 cc 34 bhp at 4,750 rpm Max torque 50lbs/ft at 2,000 rpm
1098 cc 48 bhp at 5,100 rpm Max torque 60lbs/ft at 2,500 rpm
Main measurements
Length 11ft 5.9ins Width 4ft 8ins Height 5ft 4ins
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5ins Track front 3ft 9.2ins rear 3ft 8.8ins




A35-Pick-up
Austin A35 Pick-Up


This model was not very successful, there were two main reasons for this. The load capacity was very small, and in fact the two rear wheel-arches were covered in so they could be used as a bench seat. Because of this the HM Customs & Excise decided to classify the vehicle as a car, which meant that Purchase Tax had to be paid.


Date when launched 1956
Discontinued in 1957
Total produced 475

Engine
948 cc 34 bhp at 4,750 rpm Max torque 50lbs/ft at 2,000 rpm
Main measurements
Length 11ft 4.4ins Width 4ft 7.1ins Height 4ft 11.3ins
Wheelbase 6ft 7.5ins Track front 3ft 9.2ins rear 3ft 8.8ins


Total A35s produced, all versions was 354,607