Westrand Car Show - Austin Atlantic Convertible

Austin Atlantic – A90

The Austin A90 Atlantic was a British car that was produced by the Austin Motor Company from 1949 to 1952. It was launched initially as a four-seat convertible IN 1949. A two-door coupé, marketed as the A90 Atlantic Sports Saloon was produced 1950 and 1952. The Atlantic was one of the first post-war cars engineered from scratch by Austin.

The Austin Atlantic was designed specifically to appeal to North American tastes (certain aspects look like a 1949 Mercury and the bonnet bright work looks similar to the Pontiac Chieftains of this era). 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’ bonnet ornaments. A unusual centrally mounted third, main beam headlight was built into the air intake grille. The Austin Atlantic had hydraulically powered windows and hood (convertible top) and flashing indicators.

Austin also offered metallic paint finishes but these were not popular. The radical Austin Atlantic sales were adversely affected because the new Jaguar XK120 which was launched at the same time as the Atlantic. Total production was less than 8000. Almost half were exported. They were powered by a 2.6 litre 4-cylinder engine which was later used in the Austin Healey 100

The Austin Atlantic had several design flaws which lead to severe rusting of the bodywork. They were also popular as source vehicles for spares for the Austin Healey 100 and it is thought that less than 60 have survived.

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IMAGE ATTRIBUTION
Austin Atlantic (featured) – allen watkin from London, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0]
Austin Atlantic – Robrob42 [CC BY-SA 3.0]
1951 Austin Atlantic Sport Saloon – Malcolma [Public domain]
1950 Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible – Sicnag [CC BY 2.0]
Austin Bonnet Ornament – nemor2 from Stuttgart, Germany [CC BY 2.0 ]