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Austin A30 Description
Manufacturer : Austin Motor Company       Year : 1951

The Austin A30 is an economy car which was produced by the Austin Motor Company / British Motor Corporation from 1951 to 1956. Introduced as the "New Austin Seven", it was Austin's answer to the Morris Minor. At launch the car cost 507, undercutting the Minor by 62.

The bodywork, designed by an aeronautical engineer, was fully stressed monocoque construction, the first Austin to be made in this way, which made it both lighter and stiffer than most contemporary vehicles. Inside there were individual seats at the front and a bench at the rear covered in PVC but evidence of economy was seen in only having a single windscreen wiper and sun visor in front of the driver. A passenger side wiper and sun visor, and a heater were available as extras.

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. Despite having a smaller loading capacity than the equivalent BMC O-type Minor based vans (60 cu ft / 1.70 m3 as opposed to 76 cu ft / 2.15 m3) the Austin van offered the same payload. Being slightly lighter and stiffer, it was favoured by businessmen, and saw long service for many.

The A30 was replaced by the Austin A35 in 1956 with 223,264 examples having been built.

The A30 had a smaller rear window than the A35 and trafficators instead of modern indicators which popped out from the B pillar when operated by a knob mounted on the centre of the dashboard.

The car was quite successful in 1950s saloon car racing and some still appear in historic events.

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