|Description||Austin A40 Somerset|
|Engine size||1,200 cc|
In 1952 Austin launched a facelift A40 to replace the ageing Devon which had first appeared in 1947. Carrying on with the home counties name theme, the new car was christened the A40 Somerset. Little more than a restyled Devon, it had the same 1200cc straight-four pushrod engine though slightly uprated to give 42bhp and a respectable top speed of 72mph.
Aimed very much at the export market, the Somerset shared its curvy, transatlantic body shape with the much larger A70 Hereford, and was also available in an elegant convertible body style. Inside, the Somerset continued the American theme with column change gears, a front bench seat and an umbrella handbrake lever. Despite the Somerset's leisurely performance, its good looks meant that it managed to sell well during its short production run, which ended in 1954 with the launch of the all new A40 Cambridge.
First registered in October 1953, the example you see here has had just three owners from new and has covered less than 46,800 miles. In the same hands since 1984, the car has been laid up in dry storage for 20 years, hence the excellent state of preservation you see today. The car has never been restored or otherwise molested and is totally original right down to having the original owner's manual in the glovebox and the original green log book. It also still has it's original, valuable, transferable number plates. Due to have a fresh MOT before the sale, this rock solid car could easily be made superb with just some minor attention to the lower bodywork.