Austin A35

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Nick Larkin

Cute, chubby and friendly look­ing, the Austin A35 is great fun to drive, but hurl it wildly into bends like a Mini and you’re likely be view­ing the world from up­side down.

The cars have a will­ing and ea­ger feel, though, with a good gearchange and plenty of pep for town driv­ing from the 948cc A-se­ries en­gine. You cruise at 55-60mph hap­pily too, but the rod-con­trolled brakes can teach you the mean­ing of the words ‘an­tic­i­pa­tion’ and, if they’re not prop­erly set up, ‘ac­ci­dent’. There’s loads of un­der­steer and body roll, plus not the smoothest of rides, but all this gen­uinely is, at least most of the time, a fun chal­lenge to mas­ter. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 948cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 34bhp@2000rpm TORQUE 50lb ft @4750rpm TOP SPEED 72mph 0-60MPH 30 sec­onds FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 40mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four­speed man­ual

WHAT TO PAY // CON­COURS £6.5K // EX­CEL­LENT £4.25K // US­ABLE £2.2K // PROJECT £950

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