Austin A30 1956 SOLD
Austin A30 1956 ‘Sid’
One of the last A30’s built before the A35 started production; this car has lead a reasonably sheltered life. With just under 45000 miles from new, the car was fitted with a gold seal engine around 1980 which has done around 6000 miles to date. The previous owner has documented this to me and told me he painted it green when he fitted a new clutch, at the same time the gearbox was re-built with 1098 gearing and the original 5.1:1 diff fitted with a new unit of 4.2:1 ratio. The car has had few owners and originates from Brighton where it spent the first 25 years of its life.
More rarely seen on an A30 is the green interior which is still in very nice condition, the head-lining is intact but aged. The brakes have been given the help of a servo which performs well and a stainless exhaust is fitted. Front passengers have the benefit of period inertia reel ‘Brittax’ seat belts.
Having been kept under-cover all of its life the body of this car is excellent as are the sills, floors and under-side, and has never been welded. Re-sprayed in its original black, it has some imperfections from its original 1956 paint and was only painted due to the paint fade, lots of stone chip touch-ups and some areas of the red oxide showing through from years of polishing. The car has its first 1963 MOT and petrol ration book from 1957 and until very recently still had its original faded carpet. The number-plate has been valued in excess of £1200 but I hope it stays with the car and is included in the sale.
To summarise, a very original car that has a few sensible upgrades but retains its originality with its semaphore trafficators and tiny back window. People are mesmerised at the sight of him driving along the road in 2017 being described by one well known car journalist as the cutest car to have been built in the fifties. Starts first time, every-time, drives very well and is reliable.
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