The Austin A125 Sheerline was a large luxury British car produced 1947 to 1954. It replaced the 4 litre Austin 28 Ranelagh first produced in 1938.
The Sheerline was designed in the style of the contemporary Rolls-Royce or Bentley but at a much lower price and offering the same levels of luxury. It cost a third less than an equivalent Rolls Royce and six times more than standard production Austins of the time.
The first Sheerlines were designated as the A110 with a 3460 cc straight six engine. The engine was soon replaced with a 125 bhp (93Kw) motor of 3995cc. Thus the car was designated the A125.
A Saloon version was first produced on a 3 meter wheelbase chassis. In late 1949 a Limousine on a stretched 3.3 metres chassis was added to the range. Coachbuilders used this model to convert into hearses and ambulances.
The sedans weighed 1,850 kg and the limousines 2,000 kg. The sedan had a top speed of just over 130kph
After producing around 8000 vehicles the model was replaced by the A135 or Austin Princess and the Vanden Plas Princess.
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Austin A125 Sheerline – Charles01 (CC BY-SA 3.0) – Featured Image
1950 Austin A125 Sheerline – Steve Glover from Bolton, Lancs., England ( CC BY 2.0)
Austin A125 Sheerline – Redsimon at English Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0)
Austin Sheerline Limousine – pyntofmyld (CC BY 2.0)
1949 Austin A 125 Sheerline – Peverill5 (CC BY-SA 4.0)