1964 AUSTIN A40 FA­RINA

EN­GINE 1097cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 48bhp@5100rpm TORQUE 60lb ft@2500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 75mph 0-60MPH 19.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 32-35mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 65,025 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This lit­tle Austin feels light on the road, the en­gine is happy to rev and push on, and it cruises well enough. The gear­box has syn­chro­mesh on all but first gear. There is a slightly rub­bery feel to the gate but the lever flicks neatly into each gear from sec­ond – it ac­tu­ally adds to the fun on twisty roads as you click up and down through the ra­tios. The A40’s hy­draulic brakes are good, draw­ing the car up in a straight line. Steer­ing is di­rect and not too heavy.

BODY­WORK CHECK

Solid and rust-free, the body and chas­sis are in good shape. The pan­els are dent free and the Ma­roon paint is in good or­der all round, with few blem­ishes. The darker than usual tone for an A40 looks rather dig­ni­fied on the be-finned Fa­rina. The chrome bumpers and ra­di­a­tor grille are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, although there is some pit­ting on the head­lamp sur­rounds. The white painted wheels and chrome hub­caps are in great shape and all have newly fit­ted pre­mium brand tyres. Over­all, all the bright­work is more than pre­sentable. It has the fixed rear win­dow and bootlid, rather than the split-fold­ing tail­gate, so although a good size, get­ting larger items in can be tricky.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

Sit­ting in the driver’s seat there is good head­room and ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity, with a light and airy feel, thanks to the large glass area. The dash top has no cracks and over­all the dash­board is in re­ally good con­di­tion. There is a pe­riod-cor­rect ra­dio fit­ted. Plenty of stor­age is pro­vided in the glove­box and full-width un­der­tray. The black steer­ing wheel plas­tic has faded but still looks fine. The tan seats are in great con­di­tion – the squabs are not squashed and the vinyl cov­er­ing has lasted well, the only dam­age a tiny hole, pos­si­bly a cig­a­rette burn, in the driver’s side. The door cards also have un­marked vinyl. There are static seat belts in the front but none in the rear of the car. The match­ing tan carpets are in nice con­di­tion. How­ever, the front mat pan­els are not orig­i­nal but a close beige colour.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

This an hon­est and orig­i­nal en­gine bay, with some sur­face rust on the in­ner wings and bulk­head. The car has a new bat­tery fit­ted and the 1098cc A-se­ries is a fa­mil­iar friend un­der the bon­net, mounted north-south as in the Morris Mi­nor. There is a lit­tle oil on the sides of the block. The gear­box se­lects eas­ily and there is no shunt or whine from the dif­fer­en­tial or axle, while the sus­pen­sion is free of noises.

THE CCW VIEW

With its mid-At­lantic meets bread-bin styling and Morris Mi­nor me­chan­i­cals the A40 is an in­ter­est­ing yet safe al­ter­na­tive to other more main­stream models. It’s a nice car to drive, and spa­cious. A very us­able clas­sic. Matt Richard­son

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