Austin Atlantic Convertible

After World War II, the watchword for British industry was “export or die.” The Austin Motor Company did its part, targeting the American market where postwar optimism and prosperity reigned. Austin managers reasoned that a car developed especially for Americans should do very well. Thus was born the Austin Atlantic, intended to be sold mainly across that ocean. Styling was paramount, so a new envelope body was developed. The chassis used existing components, including a long-stroke version of the two-liter engine from the upscale Hampshire and Hereford models, a column-shifted four-speed and the hydro-mechanical brakes that were common in postwar Britain. Its American appeal was enhanced with hydraulically-operated power windows and top. With but 350 sales in America, out of 7,981 in total, the Austin Atlantic was discontinued in 1952.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

88 bhp, 2,660 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and hydraulic front, mechanical rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

Source: RM Auctions

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