Austin’s answer to the Morris Minor was even lighter and more compact, but with a steering box and part-hydraulic, part-rod brakes, it doesn’t feel quite as advanced. A30s came with 803cc engine, only in four-door form at first. A two-door was added in late 1953. More usable A35 replaced it in 1956, armed with significantly more power from the also much stronger 948cc A-series engine. Visually the changes are signified by a painted rather than chrome grille and a much larger rear window. Saloon production ceases in 1959, but van goes on a late as 1968, with 1098cc, then 848cc engines.
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