Austin A40 Cambridge

Produced: 1954-1957, 30666 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats

Launched alongside its larger engined sister the new A40 Cambridge made its debut in 1954. The A40 Cambridge replaced the separate chassis A40 Somerset, which had been based on the 1947 A40 Devon, this new A40 model made good use of modern monocoque chassis technology.

The new car was originally going to be available in both two and four door saloon versions, however the two door cars never made it into serious production. The A40's styling was very modern for 1954 and featured an overall square body design, complete with a full width grille that did not resemble the old traditional Austin design, although the old "flying A" mascot still adorned the bonnet.

The 1200cc A40 Cambridge failed to sell in large quantities, mainly because it seemed under-powered compared to its 1489cc, A50 sister car. Production ended in 1957 after only 30,000 cars had been produced.

1200ccS4 OHV65.48mm x 89mm7.2
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
WormIndependent/Coil SpringsBeam axle/Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
70 mph30 mpg
Auction Sales History
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
303 Austin A40 Cambridge Saloon Bonhams 20 Apr 2009 £220.00 £253.00
010 1955 Austin A40 Cambridge BCA 14 Feb 2004 - £1000.00
006 Austin Cambridge Saloon (1956) H&H Sales Limited 6 Jun 2001 £2000.00 -
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Article The Fintail Countdown
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Publication Practical Classics November 2002
The Fintail Countdown - One's as round and reliable as a farmer's wife, the other wears a sharp Italian suit. Danny Hopkins follows the Cambridge evolution from pre-Farina A50 to Farina A60.
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 The enemies within
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Publication Classic & Sports Car November 2010
The enemies within - There was a logic behind BMC's competing B-series saloons, says Jon Pressnell, but which is best - Wolseley 15/50, Morris Oxford or Austin Cambridge?
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.
Article Classics April 2002 pg 124
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Publication Classics April 2002
Buyer's Guide. Austin A50/55 Cambridge 50 to 2500. Quietly competent yet often overlooked, Austin's 1950s mainstay family models are worth examination, says Kim Henson. . .
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