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1947-1952 AUSTIN A40 Devon/Dorset specifications


Austin’s first step into the brave new world of flush-mounted headlamps and front-hinged doors was a raging success with over a quarter of a million built. It’s also notable for first using what would come to be known as the BMC B-series engine, here in its smallest capacity. There’s still a separate chassis with hydromechanical brakes, but independent front suspension makes it a decent drive. Dorset is merely a two-door version of the Devon, nearly all of which went for export. More hot-rodded than standard examples survive in the UK.

Production

  • Production:
    289,897
  • Price at launch:
    £403
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,000
  • Price (good):
    £3,200
  • Price (average):
    £1,600
  • Price (project):
    £600

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    34.8secs
  • Top speed:
    67.0mph
  • Power:
    40.0bhp
  • Torque:
    64.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    31.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3886mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2350mm
  • Width:
    1550mm
  • Weight:
    965kgs

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