Austin A35

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The A35 wis a small (compact) caur sold bi the Breetish Motor Corporation under the Austin marque in the 1950s.

Design[eedit | eedit soorce]

Introduced in 1956, it replaced the hiehlie-successful Austin A30. The name reflected the lairger an more-pouerful 34 hp (25 kW) A-Series straight-4 engine, enabling a slightly higher top speed an better acceleration.

The A35 wis vera similar in appearance tae the A30, except for a lairger rear window aperture an a painted front grille, with chrome horse-shae surround, instead o the chrome grille featured on the A30. Baith haed 13 in (330 mm) wheels. The semaphore turn-signal indicators wur replaced with present-day front- an rear-mounted flashin lights. A slightly easier tae operate remote-control gear-change was provided. Much of the improved performance was a result of different gearbox ratios. The A30 had the first three ratios close together then a big gap to top (4th gear). The A35 ratios were better spaced and gave a max speed in third o 60 mph (97 km/h) against aboot 45 mph (72 km/h) for the A30.

Like the A30, the A35 wis offered as a 2- or 4-door saloon or 2-door "Countryman" estate an also as a van. The latter model continued in production through tae 1968. A rare pickup version wis also produced in 1956, wi just 475 sold.

A35 van

The A35 passenger caurs wur replaced bi the new body shape A40 Farina models in 1959 but the estate caur version continued until 1962 an van until 1968.

The A35 wis quite successfully raced in its day an can still be seen today at heestoric race meetings.

Performance[eedit | eedit soorce]

A twa door de luxe saloon with the 948 cc engine wis tested bi the Breetish Motor magazine in 1956 an wis foond tae hae a top speed o 71.9 mph (115.7 km/h) and could accelerate frae 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 30.1 seconds. A fuel consumption o 41.5 miles per imperial gallon (6.81 L/100 km; 34.6 mpg‑US) wis recorded. The test caur cost £554 including taxes o £185.

Film an media appearances[eedit | eedit soorce]

A 1964 model A35 van carryin a 1953 tax disk wi a 1978 registration (HOP 2 1T), an nae front "sidelights", features in the 2005 Aardman movie, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Anither ane wis seen in A Matter of Loaf and Death wi the registration DOH NUT5.

Notable A35 Owners[eedit | eedit soorce]

Production[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Saloons: 130,000
  • Others: 151,000.

Engines[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 1956–1962 - 948 cc A-Series I4, 34 hp (25 kW) at 4750 rpm and 50 ft·lbf (68 Nm) at 2000 rpm
  • 1962–1968 - 1098 cc A-Series I4, 55 hp (41 kW) at 5500 rpm and 61 ft·lbf (83 Nm) at 2500 rpm (Van)

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