The Austin 8 wis a small caur made bi the Austin Motor Company. Launched in 1939 an produced into the war (at least until 1942), aboot 9,000 o the wartime Austin 8 models wur twa-seater tourers produced for the military an government, an the rest wur saloons. Efter Warld War II, the model wis made frae 1945 to 1947.
Bi the late 1930s, sales o Austin's big seller, the Austin 7, wur declinin an the 1938 addition to the range o the 900 cc "Big 7" did little to fill the demand for in spite o its lairger engine its suspension an handling wur still rooted in its early 1920s origins. A restyled an re-engineered range o caurs haed started to appear in 1937 with the Cambridge 10 with its much more streamlined look an with the shake up following the arrival o Leonard Lord development o a proper 8 hp caur wis accelerated.
The new caur, which wis displayed to dealers in Februar 1939, kept the 900 cc, fower cylinder, side valve engine frae the Big 7, now with a higher 6.5:1 compression ratio, but haed a completely new chassis. This wis halfway to full unitary construction in that the main member wis a pressed steel floor pan with a box section welded doun each side o the caur with three ithers going across the floor. The body wis then bolted to this structure. Suspension wis bi semi elliptic leaf springs with hydraulic dampers.
Twa an fower door saloon bodies wur made as well as twa an fower seat tourers an aboot 20,000 wur made before war closed production. In 1945, production restarted, but there wur no more tourers or twa door saloons.
- "The Austin Eight". Paul Skilleter. "The Automobile" February 1984.