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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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2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.3L OHV M-4
42.5 kW / 57.0 hp / 57.0 hp  94.0 N·m / 69.3 lb·ft / 69.3 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini 1275 GT

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1275 cm3 / 77.8 cu in / 77.8 cu in, 42.5 kW / 57.0 hp / 57.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 94.0 N·m / 69.3 lb·ft / 69.3 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 140 km/h / 87 mph / 87 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L OHV M-4
25.4 kW / 34.1 hp / 34.1 hp  60.0 N·m / 44.3 lb·ft / 44.3 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini 850

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 848 cm3 / 51.7 cu in / 51.7 cu in, 25.4 kW / 34.1 hp / 34.1 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 60.0 N·m / 44.3 lb·ft / 44.3 lb·ft @ 2900 rpm / 2900 rpm / 2900 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 116 km/h / 72 mph / 72 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.0L OHV M-4
30.6 kW / 41.0 hp / 41.0 hp  68.0 N·m / 50.2 lb·ft / 50.2 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini City E (1988)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 998 cm3 / 60.9 cu in / 60.9 cu in, 30.6 kW / 41.0 hp / 41.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 68.0 N·m / 50.2 lb·ft / 50.2 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 135 km/h / 84 mph / 84 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.0L OHV M-4
29.8 kW / 40.0 hp / 40.0 hp  71.0 N·m / 52.4 lb·ft / 52.4 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Clubman (1969)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 998 cm3 / 60.9 cu in / 60.9 cu in, 29.8 kW / 40.0 hp / 40.0 hp @ 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm, 71.0 N·m / 52.4 lb·ft / 52.4 lb·ft @ 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 119 km/h / 74 mph / 74 mph top speed

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.0L OHV M-4
29.8 kW / 40.0 hp / 40.0 hp  71.0 N·m / 52.4 lb·ft / 52.4 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Clubman Estate (1969)

3-door 5-seater station wagon (estate, combi), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 998 cm3 / 60.9 cu in / 60.9 cu in, 29.8 kW / 40.0 hp / 40.0 hp @ 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm, 71.0 N·m / 52.4 lb·ft / 52.4 lb·ft @ 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 118 km/h / 73 mph / 73 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.0L OHV M-4
41.0 kW / 55.0 hp / 55.0 hp  73.0 N·m / 53.8 lb·ft / 53.8 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Cooper (1961)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 997 cm3 / 60.8 cu in / 60.8 cu in, 41.0 kW / 55.0 hp / 55.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 73.0 N·m / 53.8 lb·ft / 53.8 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 135 km/h / 84 mph / 84 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v       OHV M-4
        77.0 N·m / 56.8 lb·ft / 56.8 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Cooper (1965)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 77.0 N·m / 56.8 lb·ft / 56.8 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 146 km/h / 91 mph / 91 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.1L OHV M-4
50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp  84.0 N·m / 62.0 lb·ft / 62.0 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Cooper 1071S (1963)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1071 cm3 / 65.4 cu in / 65.4 cu in, 50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 84.0 N·m / 62.0 lb·ft / 62.0 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 145 km/h / 90 mph / 90 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.3L OHV M-4
56.7 kW / 76.0 hp / 76.0 hp  96.0 N·m / 70.8 lb·ft / 70.8 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Cooper 1275S (1964)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1275 cm3 / 77.8 cu in / 77.8 cu in, 56.7 kW / 76.0 hp / 76.0 hp @ 5900 rpm / 5900 rpm / 5900 rpm, 96.0 N·m / 70.8 lb·ft / 70.8 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 154 km/h / 96 mph / 96 mph top speed

2-door
5-seat
S4   1.1L      M-4
51.0 kW / 68.4 hp / 68.4 hp  84.0 N·m / 62.0 lb·ft / 62.0 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Cooper S (1963)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1071 cm3 / 65.4 cu in / 65.4 cu in, 51.0 kW / 68.4 hp / 68.4 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 84.0 N·m / 62.0 lb·ft / 62.0 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 145 km/h / 90 mph / 90 mph top speed

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.0L SOHC M-4
32.8 kW / 44.0 hp / 44.0 hp  70.0 N·m / 51.6 lb·ft / 51.6 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Metro 1.0 (1980)

3-door 5-seater hatchback (liftback) sedan, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 998 cm3 / 60.9 cu in / 60.9 cu in, 32.8 kW / 44.0 hp / 44.0 hp @ 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm / 5250 rpm, 70.0 N·m / 51.6 lb·ft / 51.6 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.0L SOHC M-4
34.3 kW / 46.0 hp / 46.0 hp  73.0 N·m / 53.8 lb·ft / 53.8 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Metro 1.0 HLE (1980)

3-door 5-seater hatchback (liftback) sedan, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 998 cm3 / 60.9 cu in / 60.9 cu in, 34.3 kW / 46.0 hp / 46.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 73.0 N·m / 53.8 lb·ft / 53.8 lb·ft @ 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm / 3300 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive

3-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.3L SOHC M-4
47.0 kW / 63.0 hp / 63.0 hp  97.0 N·m / 71.5 lb·ft / 71.5 lb·ft
   

Austin Mini Metro 1.3 S (1980)

3-door 5-seater hatchback (liftback) sedan, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1275 cm3 / 77.8 cu in / 77.8 cu in, 47.0 kW / 63.0 hp / 63.0 hp @ 5650 rpm / 5650 rpm / 5650 rpm, 97.0 N·m / 71.5 lb·ft / 71.5 lb·ft @ 3100 rpm / 3100 rpm / 3100 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, front wheel drive

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The Varying Drivers License Requirements Around the World

Minimum driving ages, the number of passengers young drivers can have with them at any time, the times of day that drivers under the age of 18 can drive…

These all vary depending on where young motorists are driving. They vary, even, across the United States.

For instance, in Maine, motorists under the age of 18 aren’t allowed to have any passengers with them as they drive for the first 180 days after they obtain their licenses. In Alabama, motorists under the age of 18 can have one passenger with them.

And that’s just one example of the differences in driving license requirements from one part of the country to the next. The differences are even more pronounced when comparing one country to another. Minimum driving ages vary widely across the world. While most states in the United States allow youngsters to earn their learner’s permits at the age of 15, many other countries require their residents to be much older before they get behind the wheel of a car.

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