Bob King

Unique Cars - - AUSTINS ON SHOW – 2017 -

DED­I­CATED car-watch­ers who won­der why they have never seen an open-topped A40 Farina shouldn’t feel too mourn­ful. Just one of th­ese cars was orig­i­nally con­structed and it sur­vives as a pro­to­type in South Africa. It was from that car that owner Bob King of Wyee in NSW took in­spi­ra­tion to build the ‘Austin That Never Was’.

Bob bought his ‘donor’ car two years ago and then spent 12 months on its con­ver­sion and restora­tion. “This is the only A40 Farina convertible reg­is­tered in the world be­cause the own­ers of the South African car can’t get an en­gi­neer’s cer­tifi­cate,” he said.

Close in­spec­tion of the A40’s rear­ward sec­tion re­veals the de­gree of at­ten­tion paid to strength­en­ing, with lon­gi­tu­di­nal and lat­eral sup­port mem­bers en­sur­ing a struc­ture that has to be sig­nif­i­cantly stronger than the orig­i­nal de­sign.

Be­neath the rear ton­neau cover nes­tles a pur­pose-made fab­ric top which, with Bob out of earshot, we might qui­etly say makes the A40 look even more el­e­gant and pro­fes­sional than when ‘top­less’.

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