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
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.
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