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Austin A70
Hampshire/Hereford
Manufacturer Austin
Production 1948-1954
85,682
Predecessor Austin 16 hp
Successor A90 Westminster
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) 2199 cc Straight-4

The Austin A70 Hampshire and later Austin A70 Hereford are large cars which were produced by the Austin Motor Company of Britain from 1948 until 1954. They were conventional body-on-frame cars with similar styling to the smaller A40 Devon and A40 Somerset models respectively.

A70 HampshireEdit

Hampshire
[[File:Austin A70 Hampshire front|frameless|upright=1.25|alt=]]
Production 1948-1950
35,261[1]
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
2-door estate
2-door pickup [2]
Wheelbase 96 in (2,438 mm)
Length 163 in (4,140 mm)[1]

Most Hampshires were 4-door saloons, though some estate and pickup versions were also built. The 2.2 L (2199 cc) straight-4 pushrod engine provided the same power output, at 67 bhp (50 kW), as it had when installed in the earlier Austin 16 hp. The new car was nevertheless lighter, and probably also benefited from reduced wind resistance: published acceleration and top speed figures were correspondingly brisker. Accelerating from 0 - 80 km/h (50 mph) took 14.5 seconds and the maximum speed was 83.3 mph (134.1 km/h).

Production of the A70 Hampshire model ended in 1950 with just over 35,000 built. In 1950 the UK price was £648 which included the heater.

A70 HerefordEdit

Hereford
[[File:Austin A70 Hereford model 1952|frameless|upright=1.25|alt=]]
Production 1950-1954
50,421[1]
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
2-door estate
2-door convertible
2-door pickup [3]
Wheelbase 99 in (2,515 mm)[4]
Length 167.5 in (4,255 mm)[4]
Width 69.5 in (1,765 mm)[4]
Height 65.5 in (1,660 mm) [4]

The A70 Hereford replaced the Hampshire in 1950 and was wider and slightly longer with an extra 3 inches (76 mm) in the wheelbase. A new addition to the range of body styles was a 2-door convertible with coachwork by Carbodies of Coventry. A notable mechanical change was the use of hydraulic brakes. The smaller A40 Somerset had similar styling and even shared the same door panels. Sales were slow, with just over 50,000 produced when the A90 Westminster replaced it in 1954. A rare variant was the Hereford pickup. This shared the same platform as the estate, but with fully faired bodywork aft of the driving cab. The interior of this rather plush workhorse was the same as the saloon, with a large split-bench seat, and full instrumentation set in the middle for easy completion whether for left- or right-hand drive.

An A70 tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1951 had a top speed of 80.5 mph (129.6 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 21.4 seconds. A fuel consumption of 21.9 miles per imperial gallon (12.9 L/100 km/18.2 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £911 including taxes.[4]

PreservationEdit

A few examples survive and can be seen in museums or at classic car shows in the UK.

List known examples here please (with a photo if possible)

GalleryEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robson, G. (2006). A-Z of British Cars 1945-80. Devon, UK: Herridge. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3. 
  2. Austin A70 Hampshire & Hereford (1948-1954) at www.flickr.com Retrieved on 19 April 2011
  3. Austin A70 Hampshire & Hereford at www.austinmemories.com Retrieved on 19 April 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "The Austin A70 Hereford Saloon", The Motor. May 2, 1951. 

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