momentous writer [deleted] 8:14am, 12 November 2010
One of the most commonly misidentified British classics is the Austin A70. I have often encountered situations where these cars are labeled as Austin A40s, even here on Flickr. Reason being, of course, that the 2200cc A70s do appear to be quite similar to the smaller 1200cc cars. But aside from the doors they shared no body panels, and were certainly very different mechanically. If you are interested, you can read about the smaller A40 series cars HERE. In the meantime, here is the Austin A70 guide.

AUSTIN A70 HAMPSHIRE (1948-1951)

Austin A70 Hampshire (1950)
1950 AUSTIN A70 HAMPSHIRE BS2 (image by Albert S. Bite)

Austin A70 Hampshire Countryman MAS 864
1950 AUSTIN A70 COUNTRYMAN BW3 (image by Faversham 2009)

Austin A70 "Pick-up"
1949 AUSTIN A70 PICKUP (image by Hugo90)

Austin A40 Luton Van - Frank Grounds - 01
1949 AUSTIN A70 LUTON VAN (image by Rally Pix) - coachwork by Frank Grounds

1949 Austin A70 Hampshire 3
1949 AUSTIN A70 HAMPSHIRE BS2 (image by Austin7nut)

1950 Austin A70 Hampshire Countryman 2
1950 AUSTIN A70 COUNTRYMAN BW3 (image by Austin7nut)

Description: The six-light A70 Hampshire looked very much like a scaled-up A40 Devon, but with rear wheel spats to give it a more distinguished air. Underneath it all, however, was the engine from the old Austin Sixteen; this was a very robust OHV unit of 2199cc (and had been Austin's very first OHV private car engine) that placed it line-ball against the Standard Vanguard. The chassis was similar to that of the A40, and featured coil independent front suspension and hydromechanical brakes (much better than the old rod brakes on the old 16). Transmission was four-speed manual, but it was on the column, performance was adequate and handling was unremarkable. There wasn't much more room inside than the A40, either. A number - possibly around 900 - of Countryman estate cars in the 'woodie' style popular at the time (steel was in short supply) were built on the Hampshire chassis by Papworth Industries of Cambridgeshire. A further 200 A70 cab and chassis units were converted to shooting brake bodies by Papworth (for London Austin dealer Car Mart), and were more common in Britain at the time than the earlier woodie wagons, 90 percent of which were exported. In those days, few car manufacturers built their own estate cars, and other A70 estate cars were to emerge from a number of coachbuilding firms such as Jennings of Sandbach, Whitacres of Stoke-on-Trent (both very similar to the Papworth 'woodie' estates), Frank Grounds of Aston, and even Martin Walter of Folkstone, later known for their supply of Vauxhall estate cars and Bedford vans. A70 cab and chassis units were even used as the basis for luton vans (see above), milk trucks, and ice-cream vans. The estate car shown above is, I believe, a Whitacres "Whitacrest" model, as the Papworth brakes, as they were known, were fitted with barn doors rather than tailgates (Austin gurus are welcome to correct me on this). The Hampshire Countryman and pickup continued to be sold through into 1951.
Specifications: Front engine, rear wheel drive. 68bhp 2,199cc 4-cylinder OHV engine
Sold against: Standard Vanguard, Morris Six, Vauxhall Velox, Ford Pilot
Body styles: 4-door saloon, 4-door estate car, pickup, cab-and-chassis
Production: 35,261
momentous writer [deleted] Posted 8 years ago. Edited by momentous writer (member) 8 years ago
AUSTIN A70 HEREFORD (1950-1954)

1954-Austin-A70-Hereford
1954 AUSTIN A70 HEREFORD (image by dedliNZ)

1953 Austin A-70 Countryman woody
1953 AUSTIN A70 COUNTRYMAN BW4 (image by teraflops)


1951 AUSTIN A70 DROPHEAD COUPE - 1951 and 1952 only

1950 Austin A70 Hereford_1.2
1950 AUSTIN A70 HEREFORD (image by Austin7nut)

Austin A70 Hereford Shooting Brake - Frank Grounds - 01
1952 AUSTIN A70 SHOOTING BRAKE (image by Rally Pix) - coachwork by Frank Grounds

Austin A70 Ute/Pick-up from 1951
1951 AUSTIN A70 15CWT PICKUP (image by sholing uteman)

Austin A70 Ute / Pick up
1951 AUSTIN A70 15CWT PICKUP (image by sholing uteman)

Description: In October 1950 the Hampshire gave way to the Hereford, a wider and slightly longer car that previewed the shape of the 1952 Austin A40 Somerset. The same old Sixteen engine was used, which was in all fairness a very good engine, although it struggled a little with the weight. This time a four-light design was used, and the Hereford was a true six-seater. Fully hydraulic brakes were fitted, though the roly-poly handling was no better than that of the Hampshire. As well as the woodie estate cars by Papworth, there was a number of all-steel Countrymen built by Jensen alongside the A40 Sports. Another version, by Frank Grounds, is shown above and was based on the pickup. The Hereford was replaced in 1954 by the six-cylinder Westminster A90.
Specifications: Front engine, rear wheel drive. 68bhp 2,199cc 4-cylinder OHV engine. Wheelbase - 8ft 3ins.
Sold against: Standard Vanguard, Morris Six, Vauxhall Velox, Ford Zephyr
Body styles: 4-door saloon, 4-door estate car, 2-door drophead coupe, pickup
Production: 48,640 (plus 266 Drophead Coupe, 20,434 pickup)

END OF GUIDE
Your comments are welcomed, along with any images you may wish to upload from your photostream.
MG1300mk2 7 years ago
The A70 Hampshire only shared the front grille and bonnet strip, the doors are not the same as the A40 Devon, not 100% sure but the side window glass might be the same.
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