Austin A35 Saloon

As the ultimate development of Austin’s smallest model, the A30 “Seven” otherwise known as the “Baby,” the A35 Deluxe 2-door Sedan was produced from 1957 through 1959 and heralded many improvements over its predecessor. Among them were BMC’s larger 34-hp, 948 cc A-Series OHV four-cylinder engine, which also powered the Morris Minor 1000. Since fuel quality had improved, the A35’s compression ratio was increased to 8.3:1, helping to provide greater performance than the outgoing A30.

Stylistic updates included an enlarged radiator grille with painted slats replacing the prior chrome finish and a larger rear window. Safety was enhanced with electric flashing turn-signal indicators replacing the old semaphores. Drivability took a great leap forward as the gearbox was revised with better-spaced ratios, which were particularly noticeable between third and fourth gear, allowing 60 mph in third and far better acceleration and hill-climbing abilities.

Despite its diminutive size and modest specifications, the economical A35 was a remarkably successful “giant killer” in British saloon-car competition in period, chalking up an impressive victory tally in the hands of many future driving legends.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.

34 bhp, 948 cc BMC A-Series OHV inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and anti-roll bar, and front hydraulic drum, rear cable-and-rod brakes. Wheelbase: 79.5".

Source: RM Auctions

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