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Monday 7 September 2020

AUSTIN A40 COUNTRYMAN - HandH Auctions A B C Online Auction - Wednesday, 16th September 2020



HANDH Auctions
A B C Online Auction
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Registration No: UXS 168
Chassis No: GP4689006
MOT: Exempt

Motor Car Location: Staffordshire

  • Restoration by current owner completed in 2019 with photographs of work completed
  • Supplied with the original order form
  • Offered with a substantial collection of past invoices and MOT's
  • Desirable original Countryman Bodystyle

Introduced in 1947, the A40 was Austin's first 'clean sheet' post-WW2 family saloon design. Based on a sturdy chassis frame equipped with independent front suspension, a 'live' rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes, the newcomer was powered by a 1200cc OHV four-cylinder engine allied to a four-speed manual transmission. With some 40bhp on tap, it was reputedly capable of over 70 mph. Once production was in full swing and the principal Devon (four-door) and Dorset (two-door) saloon models firmly established, other variants joined the A40 line-up including a Jensen-designed sports four-seater, 10cwt pick-up, 10cwt van and estate car (or 'Countryman' as it was known). Styled in-house by Dick Burzi, the commercial A40s contrived to be stylish yet practical. Though, today - thanks to years of overloading, stop-start motoring and general abuse - survivors are few and far between.

Finished in Keswick Green with Brown leather interior which the vendor informs is mostly original, this A40 Countryman is an original bodied Countryman with sliding side windows. In its current ownership for around the past three years, Austin has been subject to restoration work under present custodianship including paint, engine overhaul, re-wiring, and fitting of the electronic ignition, new water pump, and unleaded cylinder head. Offered with a full V5, original order form, and a substantial collection of past MOTs and invoices from the Austin's life, it is also offered with photos of the restoration work. The A40 is showing an unwarranted 71,700 miles.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Excellent'
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

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