Herbert Austin produced the first car under his own name in 1906. When the 1920's arrived Austin was desperate for a new small car and he worked on the car at his home near Bromsgrove and paid for a draughtsman himself. This was Stanley Edge who had joined Austin at Longbridge in 1917. Edge became responsible for the engine design, while the chassis, running gear & body were Austin's. This car became the famous Austin 7, "The Motor for the Million" and was a proper four-seater and initially offered only as an open car when it went on sale in 1923. Between the wars a large and varied range of models was produced from the 7 up to cars of 28 hp. By the years of 1933/34 Austin had pulled ahead of Morris to become Britain's top car manufacturer. Post war, the pre-war models were reintroduced until 1947 brought the launch of the A40 Dorset, Devon and Somerset models. 1951 brought the A30, 1956 the A35, 1958 the A40 Farina and 1959 the Mini. Larger cars were also produced, these included the A70 Hampshire and Hereford, A90 Atlantic, the Cambridge, the Westminster and the Maxi in 1969, a five-door five-speed hatchback. By the 1960's Austin had become part of the giant British Motor Corporation (BMC), in the 1970's part of British Leyland, later Austin-Rover, then Rover, the Austin name now being owned by BMW.
Over the years Lucas, Smiths, SU and others supplied parts for Austins, many of them being parts common to cars being built by other manufacturers. We stock and supply many of these items, to find them look under the appropriate heading. Included are a number of parts specific to Austin. These specific parts and books are listed below:
If you are running an Austin or are involved in restoration of Austins we hope you will find this website useful. It should be noted that we also offer to the Austin owner rear view mirrors, sun visors, clothing for open cars, oils and other consumables. Enjoy your motoring! To refine your search, use one of the Product Category buttons below, which will direct you to the relevant section of our website. For example, if you are looking for SU fuel pumps, click 'Hardware' then click on 'Fuel Pumps'. This will display our selection of fuel pumps and related items.
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