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Saturday, 30 May 2015

1956 Austin A30 Saloon - Bonhams Auctions 20 Jun 2015

 1956 Austin A30 Saloon  Chassis no. AS4 198656 Engine no. 2A 198565 
1956 Austin A30 Saloon
Registration no. YEH 954 Chassis no. AS4 198656 Engine no. 2A 198565
£1,000 - 2,000
€1,400 - 2,800
To be sold without reserve
 Austin's reply to the Morris Minor - the A30 - was launched at 1951 Motor Show. A more cautious design than the Minor, the A30 was nevertheless Austin's first unitary construction car and the first to be powered by the famous A-Series engine. The A30's selling price undercut the Minor's by £10, thanks in part to such cost-cutting features as external door hinges, solitary rear light, sliding windows and rear brakes operated by a single hydraulic cylinder via a mechanical linkage. A two-door model joined the four-door original in 1953, van and estate versions following in '54. The model was updated in 1956 with a wider rear window, remote-control gearshift and 948cc engine, becoming the A35. Saloon production ceased on the Mini's arrival August 1959, though the A35 van would live on until 1968.

'YEH 954' was purchased new by the vendor's father in 1956, passing to the vendor in 1975 and then through the hands of various other family members before returning to his ownership a few years later. By the mid-1980s, the car was no longer needed and was placed in dry barn storage where it has remained ever since. The odometer reading when the last MoT was issued in 1987 was 57,316 and is currently 58,316. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with an old-style logbook and a V5 registration document.
 Rob Hubbard
Specialist - Motor Cars
London, United Kingdom
+44 20 7468 5805
Fax: + 44 20 7468 5802

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