Sunday, September 9, 2018

1956 Austin A90 Six In North America

I've been to a gazillion cars shows. I've wandered through tons of junkyards. I've stopped at every interesting car lot I have seen. I have never seen an Austin A90 Six (AKA Austin A90 Westminster) in person. This is a rare bird in North America.

From what I can tell, Austin did try to sell these in North America. They just didn't sell very many. In the 1950s America basically bought imports only if they were sporty or economical. The A90 Six was neither. Despite having an inline six cyliner engine, it wasn't sporty. It took 18.9 seconds to hit 60 MPH. It had a top speed of under 90 MPH. It wasn't especially economical. It got around 18 MPG.

It was, however, a nice handling (for the time), smooth four door sedan. The BMC C Series engine was used through 1968 and powered (in various forms) the Austin Healey 100-6 and 3000. It's proven to be a durable engine.

I don't know how many of these cars sold in North America. I do know that there are not many left. This one, while certainly needing restoration, looks to be in overall decent condition. It looks like most of the trim is still on the car. The seller shows no pictures of the interior, which I assume is toast. But, its a simple interior which should be relatively easy to restore. There is no mention of the engine or if it runs. Parts for the engine are still available on the internet and through various British car clubs.

The asking price is $1800.00. You'll never make money on this car. Who cares? In my opinion, restoration should not be about future profits, but about preservation. This car deserves to be preserved.

Located in Pine River, ND, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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