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Lot 292: Austin A40 Farina MKII

Cars & Motorcycles, Historics at Brooklands (26 May 2012)

The Austin A40 Farina was a compact car introduced by BMC in 1958; the world's first hatchback, designed by Pininfarina of Italy. The A40 Farina Mk. II was introduced in 1961 and had a four inch longer wheelbase to increase the space for passengers in the back seats; the front grille and dashboard were also redesigned. The Mk. II had more power and an SU replaced the previous Zenith carburettor but was otherwise similar mechanically. The 948cc engine was replaced in the autumn of 1962 by a larger 1098cc version with an output of 48bhp. The car now shared its engine with the recently introduced Morris 1100, although in the A40 it retained the 'conventional' north-south orientation of the earlier unit. An improved gearbox was fitted at the same time. This stunning A40 Farina has been subject of a superb restoration project, resulting in a car of the finest quality. The bodywork has been subject to a bare metal respray, with new panels fitted where required. Mechanically virtually everything has been replaced, including the engine, clutch, gearbox, carburettor, wiring loom and steering box; the restoration took three years to complete and when viewing the car, it is easy to understand why. The total cost of parts for the restoration was in excess of 11,000. Finished in the original colour combination of white with grey trim, this A40 Farina Mk.II represents an opportunity to acquire one of the very best of its kind.

Lot Details
Auction Cars & Motorcycles
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
Lot Number292
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4032
Condition rating
Registration number
Chassis numberAAW842065
Engine numberAAW842065
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2