Austin A99 Westminster (ADO 10)



This was the first of the large cars that were designed by Farina. The lines followed the usual Farina look with a simple front, and fins at the rear. There were only two versions made with this body style, with the Austin made at Longbridge and the Wolseley version made at Cowley.


The body was available in a two-tone paint scheme as shown above. The facia was rather plain, painted white with the instruments housed in two round dials.





It used the larger 2,912 cc of the C series engine which with its twin SU carburettors produced 103 bhp. The suspension used was an uprated version of the that used on the previously model, but had the addition of a rear anti-roll bar. Transmission was an all new all-synchromes three-speed gearbox with Porsche synchromesh, coupled with a Borg-Warner overdrive which worked on top and second gears. For those wanting an automatic a Borg-Warner automatic transmission was optional.


Austin A99 Westminster

Date when launched March 1959
Discontinued in August 1964
Total produced 13,410
Engine

2912 cc 103 bhp at 4,500 rpm Max torque158lbs/ft at 2,000 rpm
Length 15ft 8ins Width 5ft 8.5ins Height 4ft 11ins
Wheelbase 9ft 0ins Track front 4ft 6ins rear 4ft 5.3ins

Price ex Works (Oct 1959)
£1,149 with overdrive, £1219 with automatic



Austin A110 Westminster



A110 MK I


The A110 was the replacement for the A99, it had the same body, but externally the main difference was the now horizontal grille bars. The headlamps have lost the bright surround and replaced with a normal surround. The side lights - indicators are now in a rectangular housing, all these simple changes gave a more pleasing appearance to the front.

The wheel base was increased by 2inches by moving the axle rearward on the springs. It was fitted with telescopic shock absorbers at an angle along with more rubber in the axle mountings, this reduced road noise been transmitted into the body. With the axle in its new position it allowed the wheel arches to be modified so the rear seat could be moved giving more leg room.




The engine was now more powerful, by applying modifications as used on the Healey 3000. By making changes to the cylinder head to improve gas flow, this was coupled with a change to the cam profiles on the camshaft. Then a twin-bore exhaust system was fitted. The gear-change was now floor mounted, and after a few months of production power-steering was offered as a option.


Mk I
Date when launched Oct1961
Discontinued in May 1964
Total produced 26,105 Mk I & II
Engine

2912 cc 120 bhp at 4,750 rpm Max torque163lbs/ft at 2,750 rpm
Length 15ft 8ins Width 5ft 8.5ins Height 5ft 0.5ins
Wheelbase 9ft 2ins Track front 4ft 6ins rear 4ft 5.3ins


Mk II
Date when launched May1964
Discontinued in 1968
Total produced 26,105 Mk I & II
Longbridge production finished in 1966,
Cowley continued to make the Wolseley version till 1968
Engine

2912 cc 120 bhp at 4,750 rpm Max torque163lbs/ft at 2,750 rpm
Length 15ft 8ins Width 5ft 8.5ins Height 5ft 0.5ins
Wheelbase 9ft 2ins Track front 4ft 6ins rear 4ft 5.3ins

Price ex Works
Basic £998 Deluxe £1077 Auto £1095
Super £1113 Auto £1210




Austin A110 Mk II