1952 AUSTIN A40 SOMERSET
Registration Number: GJG 268
Chassis Number: TBA
The A40 Somerset was announced in 1952, essentially a re-bodied A40 Devon using the same basic mechanical components. Features new Transatlantic styling, reminiscent of the larger Austin A70 Hereford, the Somerset was designed to appeal to the lucrative American market predominantly. Initially offered as only a 4-door saloon, a 3-passenger 2-door convertible was introduced in late 1952.
In 1953 the Austin Motor Company produced a "special" version of around 500 Somerset saloons using the more powerful engine from the 'sports' model which incorporated twin SU carburettors in place of the single Zenith downdraught type. This vehicle featured different interior appointments and two-tone paintwork to set it aside from the standard offering. In 1954, after over 170,000 units had been produced, the range was dropped, to be replaced by the all new square look of the A40/50 Cambridge.
Finished in Cotswold Beige with a contrasting red vinyl interior, this attractive A40 has formed part of a larger classic car collection in recent years, which is now being downsized, hence the reason for sale.
Subject of an older cosmetic restoration, the A40 has more recently been dry-stored, and whilst running and driving, will benefit from some recommissioning. The vendor advises that the rear brakes have seized and so for ease of movement have been temporarily disconnected,
Showing in the region of 55,000 miles recorded, and complete with current registration document, this classic British family car would make a fine summer companion for classic car shows and club events.