Lot 311 - 1955 Austin A30 Seven
|Odometer reading||19,592 miles|
|Estimate||£2,500 - £4,000|
|Result||Sold - £2,688|
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.
This 1955 Austin A30 has just come out of a large collection, purchased for the wife of the museum proprietor and has had little use in their ownership. This A30 is in very good condition throughout and has been fully maintained and looked after and as a result runs and drives very well. Finished in the original colour of black with red interior this Austin A30 is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT test certificate which will expire in May 2015. This is a nice, usable classic car which is the perfect entry level classic as it is a very easy car to run and maintain.
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