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The Austin Motor Company was a British manufacturer of automobiles that rose to be a major motorcar brand, the dominant partner after merger with Morris in 1952 but declining after absorption into the British Leyland Motor Corporation, and its subsequent troubles.

History

1905 - 1918: Formation and development

Herbert Austin (1866–1941), later Sir Herbert, the former manager of the Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company founded The Austin Motor Company in 1905, at Longbridge, which was then in Worcestershire (Longbridge became part of Birmingham in 1911 when its boundaries were expanded). The first car was a conventional 5 litre four cylinder model with chain drive with about 200 being made in the first five years. In World War I Austin grew enormously with government contracts for everything from artillery to aircraft and the workforce expanded from around 2,500 to 22,000.

1919 - 1939: Interwar success

After the war Herbert Austin decided on a one model policy based around the 3620 cc 20 hp engine and versions included cars, commercials and even a tractor but sales volumes were never enough to fill the vast factory built during war time and the company went into receivership in 1921 but rose again after financial restructuring. To expand the market smaller cars were introduced with the 1661 cc Twelve in 1922 and later the same year the Austin 7, an inexpensive, small and simple car and one of the earliest to be directed at a mass market. At one point it was built under licence by the fledgling BMW of Germany (as the Dixi); Japanese Datsun; as Bantam in the United States; and as the Rosengart in France.

A largely independent U.S. subsidiary operated under the name American Austin Car Company from 1929 to 1934; it was revived under the name "American Bantam" from 1937 to 1941.

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4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L OHV M-4
20.9 kW / 28.0 hp / 28.0 hp  54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft
   

Austin A30 (1951)

4-door 5-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 803 cm3 / 49.0 cu in / 49.0 cu in, 20.9 kW / 28.0 hp / 28.0 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 100 km/h / 62 mph / 62 mph top speed

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L      M-4
21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp  54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft
   

Austin A30 (1952)

3-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 803 cm3 / 49.0 cu in / 49.0 cu in, 21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L      M-4
21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp  54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft
   

Austin A30 (1953)

3-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 802 cm3 / 48.9 cu in / 48.9 cu in, 21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L      M-4
21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp  54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft
   

Austin A30 (1954)

3-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 802 cm3 / 48.9 cu in / 48.9 cu in, 21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L      M-4
21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp  54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft
   

Austin A30 (1955)

3-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 802 cm3 / 48.9 cu in / 48.9 cu in, 21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L      M-4
21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp  54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft
   

Austin A30 (1956)

3-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 802 cm3 / 48.9 cu in / 48.9 cu in, 21.0 kW / 28.2 hp / 28.2 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 54.0 N·m / 39.8 lb·ft / 39.8 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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