1951-1956, 223264 produced.
Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
In 1948 Morris Motors took the world by storm with its all new Morris Minor which brought new standards of refinement to small cars. Austin, who at the time were arch enemies of the Nuffield Organisation (owner of Morris) , quickly realised that they needed their own small car to compete with this newcomer. In 1951 Austin unveiled its answer to the Minor, the Austin A30, powered by an all new 803cc, four cylinder, OHV engine known as the A-series.
Ironically the A30's new powerplant found its way into the Minor's engine bay as the two rival companies merged in 1952 to form BMC (British Motor Corporation). The A30 was a much smaller car than the Minor, its narrower body providing accommodation for 4 people and came only as a 4 door saloon to start with. In 1953 a 2 door saloon arrived and from 1954 a Van and estate car known as the Countryman became available.
The little A30 sold well throughout its production life despite its odd balance of modern styling and antiquated rod operated brakes, in 1956 the more powerful A35 arrived after over 222,000 vehicles had been built.
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Information sourced from Wikipedia
The A30 was a compact car produced by Austin Motor Company in the 1950s. Introduced in 1951, it was Austin's answer to the Morris Minor. The bodywork, designed by an aeronautical engineer, was fully stressed monocoque construction, which made it both lighter and stiffer than more contemporary vehicles. Its newly-designed A-Series straight-4 engine was state of the art for the time, which returned an average fuel consumption of 42 mpg / under 7L/100 km. Via a (relatively speaking) rapid one-two shift, followed by screaming it right out to hit third and then again rapidly hitting fourth, the A30 was able to attain a top speed of 70 mph (113 km/h). [Factory quoted] Braking was effected by a hybrid system, with fully hydraulic drum brakes up front and frame cylinder rod brakes at the rear - which despite being heaviliy criticised as being archaic and old-fashioned, was inevitably reported as being quite acceptable - as well as providing better handbrake efficiency (from a less orthodox to the right of the drivers seat handbrake) than many more contemporary vehicles. Bumps were handled by independant coil springs at the front end and beam axle/semi-elliptic leaf springs at the back.
Despite originally only being offered as a 4-door saloon, 2-door variants were introduced in 1953, and in 1954 a van and van-based "countryman" estate were made available, which would also later become the basis of a rather odd looking utility. Despite having a smaller loading capacity than the equivalent O-type Minor based vans (60 cu ft / 18.3 cm3 as opposed to 76 cu ft / 23 cm3) the Austin van offered the same payload. Being slightly lighter and stiffer, it was favoured by businessmen, and saw long service for many. An A35 Van (with a number of inconsistencies) recently appeared in the big screen debut of Wallace and Gromit. It was replaced by the A35 in 1956 after having sold nearly ¼ million units.
|803cc||S4 OHV||BMC A-Series||57.9mm x 76.2mm||7.2|
Drivetrain and Suspension
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|F/R||Worm||Independent/Coil Springs||Beam axle/Semi-elliptic leaf springs|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|63 mph||0 s||25.3 s||42 mpg||30 bhp 4800|
|Wheelbase||Front Track||Rear Track||Length||Width||Weight (CWT)||Turning Circle|
|6' 7"||3' 9"||11' 4"||4' 7"||0 (13)|