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1958-1967 AUSTIN A40 Farina specifications


The unassuming Austin A40 Farina is one of the most significant Austins ever. Why? Well it was the first Pininfarina-styled BMC car, the first ‘two box’ design and, in Countryman estate form with a split tailgate, has a claim to fame as one of the first hatchbacks. The 1958 Austin that would inform so many future models was mainly Austin A35 underneath its Italian suit, even down to the inferior hydro-mechanical brakes. Fortunately, these were changed to hydraulic on the 1961 MkII, while 1962 saw a 1098cc A-series slotted in.

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Production

  • Production:
    364,064
  • Price at launch:
    £639
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,000
  • Price (good):
    £2,500
  • Price (average):
    £1,000
  • Price (project):
    £350

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    27.1secs
  • Top speed:
    82.0mph
  • Power:
    48.0bhp
  • Torque:
    60.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    35.0mpg

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 springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3664mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2121mm
  • Width:
    1508mm
  • Height:
    1441mm
  • Weight:
    761kgs

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