Austin A40 Sports

Produced: 1950-1953, 4011 produced.
Types: Convertible,2 doors,4 seats

In 1950 Austin took an unusually bold step by launching the A40 Sports, something that would nowadays be called a "niche" model. The new A40 Sports had a two door convertible body built for Austin by low-volume sports car producer Jensen. The new car was not really a out-and-out sports car, it was more of a "fun" convertible, although it did feature twin carbs to give it a slight increase in performance.

Austin never really intended the A40 Sports to be a big seller, only just over 4000 cars were produced before production ended, allowing Jensen to concentrate on producing Austin Healey 100's for BMC. Despite the low volume production the A40 Sports was well regarded at the time and added a touch of glamour to the lower end of the Austin range.

Source: Motorbase
1200ccS4 OHV65.48mm x 89mm7.2
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
WormIndependent/Coil SpringsBeam axle/Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
80 mph25.6 s23.2 s26 mpg46 bhp 4000
Auction Sales History
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
439 Austin A40 Sports Bonhams 13 Nov 2013 £7000.00 £8050.00
10 Austin A40 Sports H&H Sales Limited 16 Apr 2009 - £4400.00
19 Austin A40 Sports BCA 21 Feb 2005 Not sold
660 Austin A40 Sports Lambert & Foster 27 May 2004 £450.00 -
333 Austin A40 Sports (1952) Lambert & Foster 14 Jun 2001 $2400.00 -
011 Austin A40 Sports (1952) H&H Sales Limited 21 Feb 1996 £3200.00 -
304 Austin A40 Sports (1952) Sothebys 4 Sep 1993 £2050.00 -
114 Austin A40 Sports (1952) Christies 20 Jun 1992 £2800.00 -
Magazine Articles
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Article 1952 Austin A40 Sports
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Publication Practical Classics October 2009
1952 Austin A40 Sports - Persplex door cards, bespoke floorpans, custom colours and Practical Classics how-to guides - all sorts went into Alastair While's gorgeous A50 Sports rebuild.
Article Delays at the A 40
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Publication Practical Classics July 2002
Delays on the A40 - The chassis had dissolved but at least aluminium doesn't corrode - er, yes it does. Danny Hopkins asks Allan Robinson why he paid £750 for a total wreck.
Article Classic Cars February 2002 pg 97
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Publication Classic Cars February 2002
Fifties Saloon Racers. We test four hopefuls set to scrap it out in a new Fifties saloon car racing series: Jaguar MkV11, Sunbeam Rapier, Austin A40 and Morris Minor.
Article Surprise! - 1951 Austin A40 Sports
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Publication Classic Car Mart Spring 2006
Surprise! - 1951 Austin A40 Sports - Tester Steve Wilson found this early Fifties, all-Austin rag-top not at all what its A40 family suggested it would be...
Article Sports Science
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Publication Classic & Sports Car September 2004
Sports Science - Self-taught restorer Alastair White rebuilt his first classic aged 16 and has since tackled four cars, including this Austin A40 Sports.  David Evans meets a quiet perfectionist.
Article Classic Car Weekly 28 August 2002 pg 20
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 28 August 2002
Buying Power. Austin A40. Austin's A40 Farina was never as popular as its Mini and 1100 stablemates, but the world's first small hatchback makes a very usable classic, reckons Richard Gunn, assuming you can live with the rust.
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