Sir Herbert Austin was one of the automobile's pioneers. From before the First World War until it was absorbed into British Leyland, the Austin Motor Company was one of England's most important and prolific producers of family vehicles. Introduced in 1947, the A40 was Austin's primary model in the immediate postwar years with a modest but effective overhead valve 1,200cc 4-cylinder engine producing 40-45hp, independent front suspension and 4-speed gearbox. Produced by the tens of thousands in 4-door (Devon) and 2-door (Dorset) saloon models, Austin branched out in the early Fifties to offer a 2-door van based on the Dorset and the Countryman, the 2-door van with windows, for the suburban and traveling set. As this stunning little example shows, it is one of the cutest, most practical and adaptable automobiles available. Fully restored in two colors of Green following the flowing lines of the fenders with Green vinyl upholstery, this delightful little Countryman has trafficator turn indicators, a set of tools, double barn-style rear doors, varnished wood sides in the cargo area and wood inner door panels. A period brass fire extinguisher and brass air pump are mounted in the rear, which is fully carpeted in green for comfort. The exterior has a roof rack with wooden slats and there are fog lights and rear wheel spats recessed to expose the rear wheel hubcaps. Whitewall tires are set off by a set of wheel trim rings. It is a national first prize winning restoration which is still capable of being shown proudly. In addition to being rare, it is one of the cutest vehicles on the road and the collection of vintage travel stickers covering all four of the rear side windows is second to none. It's ready to go back on the road, adding a few more destinations to its already impressive list.
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