1948 Austin 16

This Austin 16 was built in 1938 or 1948 ? It is  fairly large with plenty of legroom, it has a 2.2 litre engine and it drives just like a modern car. It has hardly any rust.

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Date of manufacture: 1948 or 1938 ?
Production Years: 1927-1938
Produced: 290000
Country of origin: England
Manufacturer: Austin Motor Company
  founded by Herbert Austin
Designer: Raymond Loewy
Engine capacity: 2199 cc
Power Output: 70  hp  = 52 kW
Top Speed: 121 km/h = 75 mph
Price then: Approx. £300

The Austin Sixteen was the first new car to be produced by the Austin Motor Company following the Second World War. Apart from the name, it shared nothing with the pre war Austin Sixteen.

Whilst it used a brand new 4-cylinder 2199 cc, overhead-valve engine—the first to be used in an Austin car, it in fact used the chassis and body of the pre-war Austin 12, which continued to be produced, alongside the other pre-war saloons the 8 hp and the 10 hp. The number Sixteen was not a true reflection of the power of the vehicle but the result of a calculation to determine the excise duty (road tax) payable for the vehicle. The engine in fact produced 67 bhp (50 kW) at 3800 rpm. The car shared a number of features with the famed London Taxi, one of which was the built-in hydraulic jacking system operated from a pump located under the bonnet.

The Sixteen had a healthy turn of speed for its day with a maximum quoted speed of 75 mph (121 km/h). In the bitterly cold winter of 1947 Alan Hess and a team of drivers with 3 Austin Sixteen vehicles undertook a publicity run on behalf of the Austin Motor Company to visit seven Northern European Capitals in seven days. Despite extraordinary travel difficulties caused by heavy snow, the vehicles completed the adventure successfully, and the story is related in Alan Hess’s book, Gullible’s Travels.

Steering was by a cam and lever system which provided a dual ratio to ease parking. Suspension was all elliptic (overslung in front, underslung at the rear) with rigid beam axles all controlled by Luvax-Girling double acting hydraulic shock absorbers—a transverse torsion bar linking both pairs. Brakes by Girling were mechanical using a wedge and roller system in 11 inch drums with twin leading shoes in the front drums.                                                             (Info from Wikipedia)

The car that the museum owns and exhibits, is a totally authentic unit that received a respray in 2004.  It runs like a modern car and it is one of Captain Joe’s favourite vehicles! The interior is original and untouched, since the car was built! Here is the proof:

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