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1950-1953 AUSTIN A40 Sports specifications


The aluminium body is by Jensen and mounted to an Austin Devon chassis. Fun as these soft-tops are ‘Sports’ is maybe pushing the idea a little too far. Still, with the help of twin carbs and larger inlet valves the Devon engine’s power was raised from 40bhp to 46bhp, so a genuine 80mph was possible. Also, to lend credibility one was driven to victory in the 1956 RAC Rally Ladies’ Cup, beating various Fords and an MGA in the process. Column-shift gearchange from 1952 is less desirable and despite low build numbers there are still quite a few about.

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Production

  • Production:
    4011
  • Price at launch:
    £818
  • Price (excellent)
    £9,000
  • Price (good):
    £6,000
  • Price (average):
    £3,500
  • Price (project):
    £1,750

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    25.6secs
  • Top speed:
    78.0mph
  • Power:
    46.0bhp
  • Torque:
    62.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    26.0mpg

Engine

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

Chassis

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

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4045mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2350mm
  • Width:
    1550mm
  • Height:
    1460mm
  • Weight:
    695kgs

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