momentous writer [deleted] says:
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)
1950 AUSTIN A70 HAMPSHIRE BS2 (image by Albert S. Bite)
1950 AUSTIN A70 COUNTRYMAN BW3 (image by Faversham 2009)
1949 AUSTIN A70 PICKUP (image by Hugo90)
1949 AUSTIN A70 LUTON VAN (image by Rally Pix) - coachwork by Frank Grounds
1949 AUSTIN A70 HAMPSHIRE BS2 (image by Austin7nut)
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
Originally posted at 12:14AM, 12 November 2010 PST
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