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Austin A55 Cambridge

Overview

Produced: 1959-1961, 149994 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Station Wagon
Austin A55 Cambridge

BMC first introduced the motoring public to the "big Farina family" in 1958 with the Wolseley 15/60, a year later BMC announced less luxurious Austin and Morris versions to cater for the masses. The A55 Cambridge Mk II featured the new Farina saloon body and was powered by the trusty 1489cc B-series used in the Mk I but now with a SU carburettor, previously only found on rival Nuffield cars!

The A55 Mk II was virtually identical to the Morris Oxford version with its tall rear fins and wide grille. Austin variants had different two tone paint styles, a split bench seat and "Austin" trim details to set it apart from its Oxford rival, its interesting to note that both cars were sold through independent dealers, competing for the same customers!

The A55 Mk II sold well during its production run, a Countryman Estate had arrived in 1960 adding to the already large choice of Farina models.

Engines

CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1622ccS4 OHVBMC B-Series76mm x 89mm8.3

Transmission

TypeGearsComment
Manual4

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
F/RWormIndependent/Coil SpringsBeam axle/Semi-elliptic leaf springs

Performance

Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
75 mph31.8 s23.3 s0 mpg51 bhp 4250

Dimensions

WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
8' 3"4' 2"14' 7"5' 3" 0 (22)0' 0"

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