1949 Other Makes G80
Sale price: $US $3,999.00 make an offer
Sale type: Fixed price listing
Technical specifications, photos and description:
Up for sale is this VERY rare 1949 Austin Atlantic Model A90! This is a project car that has not been run for years. and will need a lot of work. but will be well worth the restoration. The car rolls and steers fine. but there are no brakes.
Only 350 Austin Atlantics were exported from England to the US between 1949 and 1952. England was doing everything they could to increase exports to bring money into the country. which had been ravaged by war in the early 1940's. This is why the cars coming to the US were engineered with left hand steering. and not the right hand traditional British types. Originally thought to be able to compete with the Cadillacs of the day. it was clear to most Americans that when it arrived. the Atlantic feel far short of that goal for many reasons. including the fact that the Atlantics sported a 4 cylinder engines versus the popular 8 cylinder engines in its American counterparts. Despite that. the engine produce about 88 hp and reached speeds of 91 mph in testing when it arrived in the states.
You can get much more info on its history by Googling "Austin Atlantic" and checking the Wikipedia reference.
By some estimates. there are less than 10 of these cars left in the US today. although there is still an active following in Asia. Europe and Australia. In fact. you can still veen find some parts for these in Ebay Australia and Ebay England. The basics to get the car running. rolling. stopping and driving appear to be there. However. aesthetically. you'll have your work cut out for you.
But I will say. restoring this car would allow you to have one of the rarest British cars left in America!
Engine: appears complete. I have added some marvels to each cylinder. and the engine turns freely. I HAVE NOT tried to start it at all. I have hooked up a battery and will tell you the lighting system works fine.
Body: Amazingly straight for the most part. but there are a couple of places that have patches over them. The metal is quite thick (8 gauge?). The red you see is a primer - this car was in Canada when I bought it. so the primer acted as a protectorant. I will have pictures of the trunk tonight. which is the toughest metal area. and will need a fair amount of work and metal to restore. but most of it is straight and squared metal.
Interior - there is no cloth on the seats. so they will need to be totally redone. but all of the appropriate structures area there as a great starting point! The dash appears complete. which is a huge plus since getting original dash gauges can be a huge challenge
Top: Most of the structure is there. but the one piece that needs to be bought / recreated is the wood arch where the top curves from the horizontal to slope down to the back base. This should not be particularly difficult to recreate. There is no convertible top. There were a couple of chrome pieces as part of the structure. but they are pitted badly. However. since these parts are rarely seen. you can strip. primer and paint them. and no one would know the difference.
Chassis / undercarriage: I will be taking pictures tonight of this area. and revising the post as to its condition tomorrow.
PLEASE ask any and all questions prior to the end of the auction. Buyer is responsible for ALL shipping and moving charges. and the car must be removed from my property within two weeks of the end of the auction.
Final payment for the vehicle MUST be made within 7 days of the end of the auction.
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Comments and questions to the seller:from David, dated 24 september 2017
Is the car still available? Thanks!
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