Austin A50 Cambridge
1954-1957, 114867 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Launched alongside its smaller sister the A40 Cambridge, the A50 Cambridge made its debut in 1954. The A50 was visually identical to the A40 version the only initial difference being that it was only available as a four door saloon. Both these new Cambridge models shared the 3 box shape styling with its slim line radiator grille and spacious interior accommodation.
Mechanically the A50 Cambridge featured a larger 1489cc, overhead valve, four cylinder engine and a higher rear axle ratio which improved high speed cruising. The A50 had gave good performance for its class and was even available with an optional Borg-Warner overdrive unit which operated on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears, a semi-automatic gearbox was also available but was not that successful.
The A50 was replaced in 1957 by the revised A55 Cambridge.
|1489cc||S4 OHV||BMC B-Series||73.025mm x 89mm||7.2|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Worm||Independent/Coil Springs||Beam axle/Semi-elliptic leaf springs|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|74 mph||28.8 s||23.2 s||50 bhp 4400|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|47||1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Deluxe Saloon||Bonhams||28 May 2006||£400.00||£650.00|
|647||Austin A50 Cambridge Saloon||Cheffins||4 Dec 2004||Not sold|
|052||Austin A50 Cambridge (1956)||BCA||7 Apr 2003||Not sold|
|618||Austin A50 Cambridge (1955)||Lambert & Foster||16 May 2002||Not sold|
|004||Austin A50 Cambridge (1956)||BCA||23 Jul 2001||-||£1391.00|
|461||Austin Cambridge Saloon (1956)||Dreweatt Neate||15 Mar 1997||£210.00||-|
|405||Austin A50 Cambridge (1955)||Sothebys||15 Jun 1996||Not sold|
Staff car sagas
|Publication||Practical Classics April 2006|
|Staff car sagas - 1982 Volkswagen Golf GTi, 1973 Honda Z600,1988 Audi 100,1955 Austin A50 Cambridge.|
The Fintail Countdown
|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.|
The enemies within
|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?|
Classics April 2002 pg 124
|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. . .|