Lot 147 - 1956 Austin A50 Cambridge
|Odometer reading||5,058 miles|
|Result||Sold - £2,800|
This charming righthand drive A50 Cambridge from 1956 was resident of IADS Malaysian Airbase (Integrated Air Defence System) until spotted by RAF serviceman, Flight Sergeant Stephen Pollitt, who was also based in Malaysia and saved the car for Britain. It was repatriated home in 2000 from the airbase where this car is understood to have lived a charmed life ferrying pilots and servicemen to their aircraft and, in doing so, accumulated just 5,000 miles from new. Whilst we regret it's impossible to warrant this figure, it is plausible that the condition of the car is commensurate with this mileage.
The Butterscotch upholstery is in largely good order, the door cards still have plastic shrouding over them and the whole car has a very genuine feel about it, clearly having been cherished. The engine barks to life at first attempt and runs sweetly. The column shift gear selector engages gears accurately and propels the car with ease, though we have to confess you will not be setting any land speed records with this car. Accompanying our A50 Cambridge is a host of very official looking Malaysian documents and paperwork, as well as its UK V5C registration certificate.
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