1950's saloon race at Brands Hatch, 2008.
In-car footage from our Riley 1.5, taken during the 'Goldies but Oldies'
race for 1950's saloon cars at the Brands Hatch Masters Festival. Other
cars include - Wolseley 1500, Sunbeam Rapier, Auistin A35, A40, A105,
Morris Minor, Jaguar Mk 7, Volvo and Ford Falcon.
1st Sept 13 1957 Austin A35 first test drive
First shakedown testdrive in the Baby Austin, pleasantly suprised about the
performance, although didn't use full throttle. Just a few things to sort
out. The previous owner had pieces of cloth wrapped around the inner door
linkages, I can see why now, they rattle against each other, Mary's
reaction at the end makes it all worth it for me, she was very happy with
Racing a Riley 1.5 at Snetterton
Highlights of the 'Oldies but Goldies' 1950's saloon car race at the 'Top
Hat Master' meeting at Snetterton in March 2008. In-car footage from our
Riley as it battles with an Austin A35, A40, Volvo Amazon, Sunbeam Rapier,
Wolseley 1500, Aston Martin DB2, Ford Anglia and an MG Magnette.
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A Fabulous Austin A35 Delivery Van in Beautiful Condition with Just Four Former Keepers - SOLD!
SOLD - MORE URGENTLY REQUIRED
A fabulous Austin A35 delivery van in beautiful condition with just four
All-steel unitary construction, steel load floor, roof extraction
ventilator, wing mounted side lamps, pressed steel facia, full width parcel
shelf, balanced regulator front windows, toughened glass, large
speedometer, total mileage recorder, water temperature gauge, warning
lights for; no dynamo charge, low oil pressure, headlamp high beam,
directional indicator position, interior courtesy light.
This charming A35 delivery van is finished in two-tone Island Blue and
Snowberry White and looks amazing and shiny. It provides the perfect
backdrop for a highly mobile advertisement for the business it represents
as is currently the case with removable transfers. The correct white
radiator grille remains undamaged. All the chrome work is bright with only
minor aging on very close scrutiny. The delicate wing mounted side lamps
are fully functional and intact as is the Austin of England rear badge.
Black and silver pressed aluminium plates complete the period look.
This delightful A35 was fitted with the optional passenger and rear seat
configuration which has all been expensively reupholstered in the exact
black P.V.C coated fabric with latex foam foundation and white piping
creating a fantastic look. The interior carpet has been cut to exact
fitment but is non-original and should be changed for authenticity. An
additional period water temperature gauge has been neatly fitted and other
than a temperamental fuel gauge, all controls function perfectly. The
spacious rear offers 60 cubic feet capacity which combined with the rear
wide opening door offers tremendous versatility. The spare wheel and tools
are correctly located beneath the load floor.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This model is the very final variant of the Austin A35 Van known as the
type A-AV8 which in the last two years of production, (1966 -1968), was
fitted with the Mini's 848cc A Series engine. Fun, spirited and nippy
combined with brilliant economy and excellent parts availability makes this
van a sensible choice. All major engine components have been recently
replaced but a little smoke can be seen under hard acceleration. The four
speed transmission is a joy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Correct pressed-steel wheels finished in white with original fitment Austin
chrome hubcaps are all shod in new 165/70 R13 tyres. Recent brake
cylinders, cables and pipes provide safe stopping power.
Registered new on the 1st May 1968, (three months after production ceased)
this Mk3 Austin A35 light van is one of the final vehicles to roll of the
production line. With only four former keepers and written evidence of a
recent major rebuild detailing every part replaced this charming example
provides a fantastic opportunity into fun classic van ownership. Suitable
also for business ventures as a marketing/promotional tool should one wish.
MOT June 2013, Tax Except and HPI Clear.
British Motor Corporation Story
BMC was the largest British car company of its day, with (in 1952) 39
percent of British output, producing a wide range of cars under brand names
including Austin, Morris, MG, Austin-Healey and Wolseley as well as
commercial vehicles and agricultural tractors. The first chairman was Lord
Nuffield (William Morris) but he was replaced in August 1952 by Austin's
Leonard Lord who continued in that role until his 65th birthday in 1961 but
handing over, in theory at least, the managing director responsibilities to
his deputy George Harriman in 1956.
BMC's headquarters were at the Austin plant at Longbridge, near Birmingham
and Austin was the dominant partner in the group mainly because of the
chairman. The use of Morris engine designs was dropped within 3 years and
all new car designs were coded ADO from "Amalgamated Drawing Office". The
Longbridge plant was up to date, having been thoroughly modernised in 1951,
and compared very favourably with Nuffield's 16 different and often old
fashioned factories scattered over the English Midlands. Austin's
management systems however, especially cost control and marketing, were not
as good as Nuffield's and as the market changed from a shortage of cars to
competition this was to tell. The biggest-selling car, the Mini, was
famously analysed by Ford Motor Company who concluded that BMC must be
losing £30 on every one sold. The result was that although volumes held up
well throughout the BMC era, market share fell as did profitability and
hence investment in new models, triggering the 1966 merger with Jaguar Cars
to form British Motor Holdings (BMH), and three years later leading to the
government sponsored merger of BMH with Leyland Motor Corporation.
Goodwood Revival 2010, St Mary's Trophy, Race One
Race one of the St Mary's Trophy for saloon cars raced between 1950 and
1959. Martin Brundle was the highlight of the race for me, moving up from
4th place to challenge for the lead in his Austin A35 (car# 1), before
contact with the leader punctured a tyre and ultimately put him out of the
race. His efforts were more than appreciated by the crowd though! Tom
Kristensen took the victory in his first visit to the Revival (driving an
Austin A95 Westminster), after a good race with Patrick Watts (in the Volvo
Amazon 122S) was cut short by mechanical failure.
THE BEST OF MOTORING IN THE THIRTIES
To buy the DVD go to http://www.motorfilms.com
A compilation of classic original travelogues from the Austin and Morris
Archives re-mastered for DVD.
The 1930s was an era when motoring was still fun. Small cars such as the
Austin Seven and the Morris Minor carried a modest price tag and brought
motoring within the reach of the middle classes for the first time. They
celebrated the freedom this relatively new form of transport gave them by
exploring the length and breadth of the British Isles.
These charming travelogues, produced by Morris Motors and the Austin Motor
Company, were intended to demonstrate the virtues of their products. Along
the way they captured a snapshot of Thirties Britain - its scenery, its
people, and its way of life. So jump into the passenger seat and take a
trip back in time, through the picturesque villages of England, up into the
magnificent mountains of Scotland, and past the impressive monuments of
The Villages of England (18.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1934 (B&W)
Lands End to John O'Groats (18.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1935 (B&W)
The Highlands of Scotland (17.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1936 (B&W)
All That is England (17.5 minutes)
Austin Motor Company 1936 (B&W)
Facts and Fancies (21.5 minutes)
Morris Motors 1937 (Colour)
(An extremely rare example of a 1930s colour process called Dufaycolour).
Total running time 90 minutes approximately
St. Mary's Trophy Races, Goodwood Revival 2012
A collection of footage from the St. Mary's Trophy races for saloon cars of
the fifties at the 2012 Goodwood Revival. These hugely varied tin-tops
always provide exciting on-track action and this year featured a fine
battle between cars as flamboyant as Mk1 Jaguars, Austin A40s, a fine BMW
700 and the unique V8, rear engined Tatra.