1949 Austin Atlantic Convertible
Registration Number: MXS471
Chassis Number: BD2-L/38234
This is one of a pair, this car being in Ming Blue as it left the factory with the other in Cream.
Purchased in North America in very restorable conditon. This car then had a body off exhaustive restoration to like new.
With the government edict of "export or die", and steel allocated only to those who generated much needed revenue, the Atlantic was designed specifically to appeal to North American tastes. The car featured up-to-the-minute detailing, with a wrap around windscreen, composed of a flat glass centre section with tiny curved end panels. The front wings (fenders) sported twin "flying A" hood ornaments and swept down to a rounded tail, with spats enclosing the rear wheels. A centrally mounted third, main beam, headlight was built into the letter-box style air intake grille, and the then unheard of luxury of hydraulically powered windows and hood (convertible top), "flashing indicators" (blinkers) rather than trafficators, (for the United States market at least) and the option of EKCO or HMV Autocrat radios.
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.
With the body off the chassis was bead blasted & refinished to as new. Likewise the Body panels were shot blasted & all corrosion attended to. The restoration list is far too long to go into here but suffice to say included everything except the differential internals as it was found to be in perfect order as it was.
The painstaking re-assembly job was then undertaken to bring the car up to the wonderful standard we find it in today. In addition to the full rebuild, the hydraulics were upgraded for the roof & door windows with twin gauges under the bonnet displying the hydraulic pressure. The engine is fully rebuilt as is the gear box, the brakes, a complete rewire & pretty much anything else one might imagine. Both cars we have for sale are close to perfect.
Far more was spent upon this project then the owner will ever see back & he needs now to sell the pair of then due to the onset of old age. The car comes with a massive bill & history file showing the work that has gone into it & also a Heritage certificate.
Recon engine and carbs crank shaft reground crank and fly wheel balanced rebore cylinders with new pistons recon cylinder head fitted heavy valves and springs recon clutch gearbox prop shaft diff,
Recon rear suspension bearings brakes.
Recon front suspension bearings brakes.
5 new white wall radials tyres and tubs.
Chassis repaired and repairnted black.
Recon Hydraulic system.
Recon all gages.
Recon radio and install CD unit.
Recon body all rot removed new panels made and fitted body fine shot blasted and repainted blue.
New carpets made and fitted.
Recon all trim with the best leathers.
Recon hood with the best mohair recon all hood lineages
Complete New exhaust.
Recon all front and rear lights.
Mot was done at the time of restoration.
Recon Heater motor and water core.
OHV 4 Cylinder in line
Compression ratio: 7.5 to 1
Carburettors: twin SU
Power output: 88bhp at 4000rpm
Maximum speed: 92.5mph
Accel. 0-60mph: 16.6secs
11in drums F&R
Front: hydraulic, Girling
Rear: mechanical (hydraulic from 1951)
Friction lining area: 133sqin
Rear wheel drive
Clutch: Borg & Beck single dry plate
Ratios- Top: 3.67, 3rd: 5.18,
2nd: 8.25, 1st: 13.65
Prop shaft: Hardy Spicer open
Final drive: spiral bevel
Pressed steel tub welded to hollow box section steel chassis.
Front: Independent coil and wishbones
Rear: Live beam axle, semi-elleptic leaf springs
Shock absorbers: Armstrong hydraulic
Burman cam and peg
Turning circle: 39ft
Turns lock to lock: 2.5
16in Pressed steel
5.50 x 16in crossply tyres
Dimensions & Weight
Wheelbase: 8ft 0in
Track - front: 4ft 5.1in
Track - rear: 4ft 7.5in
Overall length: 14ft 9.1in
Overall width: 5ft 10in
Overall Height:5ft 0in
Ground clearance: 6.5in
Unladen weight: 26.5cwt
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