For Sale: 1950 Austin Antique for sale in Ohio
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Year: 1980 or older
Miles: 35 000 - 39 999
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88 horsepower, 2,660 cc overhead valve inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydro-mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96" After World War II, Britain's motor industry was devoted mostly to export, in order to acquire the sought-after U.S. dollar. Austin's A40 Devon and Dorset models were doing quite well in parts of the U.S. and were in fact the best-selling imports in most years until 1952. Austin's chairman Leonard Lord sought to increase this market share and told his designers to come up with a larger convertible that would appeal to wealthy Americans. The result was the A90 Atlantic. Derived from the A70 Austin Hampshire, the Atlantic had a 2,660 cc version of the overhead valve four-cylinder engine, fed with twin SU carburetors. Transmission was a column-shifted four-speed. In order to create some publicity in the colonies, Austin public relations director Alan Hess staged a week-long campaign at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April 1949, setting numerous endurance and speed records. At $2,995, the Atlantic was expensive, and even a reduction of $500 in 1950 merely brought it in range with the Buick Super, which was much more to American tastes. Of 7,981 Atlantics built through 1952, only about 350 found homes in the United States. This car has only 38,378 miles from new. It has never been modified or repaired, and the undercarriage is amazingly clean and original. Unlike most British cars of this vintage, it is virtually rust-free, and the chrome and trim is in very good condition considering its age and origin. The tan canvas top is original and in serviceable condition, while the red leather interior shows years of loving care but almost no notable wear or damage. Turn the key and the peppy 4-cylinder engine springs to life with a happy rasp from the exhaust, and propels the car with aplomb. As the basis for the Austin Healey that would come several years later, this engine is both durable and sporting, making for a very entertaining car on the road. The 4-speed manual transmission is an excellent companion, and makes the most of the engineâ€™s modest power band and is a pleasure to row through the gears. A similar Austin Atlantic convertible sold at the 2010 Amelia Island auction for $41,250 plus fees and commissions, and lacked this carâ€™s authenticity. This very well may be the finest one in existence. Documentation is available upon request. Please visit www.VintageMotorCarsOhio.com for more photos and information.