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Austin

A90 Atlantic , 1951

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Make
Austin
Manufacturer
Austin Motor Company Ltd.
Location Made
Longbridge
Accession Number
1980-24-1
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
4 cyl, 2660 cc, 88 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
92 mph (148 km/h)
Body Style
Saloon
Price When New
£1,431
Materials
metal, rubber
Dimensions
4496mm (l), 1778mm (w), 1524mm (h)
Location
Collections Centre

The Atlantic was a sports model introduced in 1948, originally intended for the North American Market. The original convertible with power-operated hood and windows was later supplemented by this saloon, made until 1952.

Unfortunately for Austin, the Atlantic was considered too expensive in North America because the same amount of money would buy a native V8. By the end of production 7,981 Atlantics had been made, of which 3,597 were exported but only 350 of these went to the USA.

This example was originally sold in South Africa and subsequently re-imported into the UK by the late Mr Lionel Newbury, whose widow kindly donated the Atlantic to the Trust's collection.

Adopt this car for £25

Adopted by:

Mr Malcolm Dunlop