AUSTIN A40 FARINA CONVERTIBLE
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’.