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1950 Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible

This Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible is an arresting sight today: think what an impression it had sixty years ago when it appeared on America's highways and boulevards. With its curved hood, three headlights, chrome hood stripe, curved and raked windshield, sweeping envelope fenders, skirted rear wheels and sleek blind quarter convertible top it was way ahead of its time in 1950 and still looks like an auto show concept car that has somehow found its way onto the street. Its colors, a bright greenish-blue hue of tropical waters set against dark blue leather with white piping and a dark blue convertible top are emblematic of the early postwar years' enthusiasm and optimism. Sir Herbert Austin's company envisioned it specifically to appeal to the American market, giving it dual outside mirrors, whitewall tires with hubcaps and chrome trim rings, gold gauge faces, seating for five with a 60-40 split front bench seat and, for some reason known only to British designers, two glove boxes in the dashboard. Its 88hp 2660cc overhead valve four later proved its mettle as the power plant for the first Austin-Healey 100/4s. This example has been thoughtfully restored with attractive paint, a very nice interior and a very nicely presented engine compartment with painted firewall, the standard dual SU carbs and a Lucas battery. A spare wheel and tire, jack and handle reside in the trunk to complete its equipment. It is one of the nicest A90 Atlantics in the world.


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