The Austin A30 was a small family car produced from May 1952 to September 1956. It was launched at the 1951 Earls Court Motor Show as the “New Austin Seven” and was Austin’s competitor with the Morris Minor.
The body structure was a fully stressed monocoque chassis-less construction which made it lighter and stiffer than most equivalent vehicles. Inside there were individual seats at the front and a bench at the rear. A single windscreen wiper, central combined stop/tail/number plate lamp and a sun visor in front of the driver helped to price the Austin A30 at less than the Morris Minor. A passenger-side wiper and sun visor, and heater were available as optional extras.
Originally only offered as a 4-door saloon, a 2-door model was introduced in late 1953, and in 1954 a van and an estate car were produced. The A30 was replaced by the Austin A35 in 1956, by which time over 223,000 A30s had been built.
The A30 had a smaller rear window than the A35. The Austin A30 also had “trafficators” which popped out from the B pillar when operated by a knob mounted on the centre of the dashboard.The A35 had indicators as we know them.
A car tested by “The Motor” magazine in 1952 had a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–50 mph (80 km/h) in 29 seconds. A fuel consumption of 38.8 miles per imperial gallon (7.28 L/100 km; 32.3 mpg‑US) was recorded. The test car cost £553 including taxes. The optional radio was an extra £43 and the heater £9
The Austin A30 Convertible below is on display in the British Motoring Museum in Gaydon UK. We cannot find any record of convertibles being produced and assume that a coachbuilder was commissioned to modify a standard A30 vehicle
Engine 803 cc BMC A-Series engine inline
4.58 mm bore x 76 mm stroke
Pushrod-operated overhead valves
Compression ratio 7.2:1
Single Zenith 26JS or 26VME carburettor
28 bhp (21 kW) at 4400 rpm
40 lbf·ft (54 Nm) at 2200 rpm
FEATURED IMAGE – 1953 Austin A30 4 door Saloon – Sicnag [CC BY 2.0]
Austin A30 2 door – 1955 – Andrew Bone from Weymouth, UK [CC BY 2.0]
Austin A30 -1955 -(Rear) – Andrew Bone from Weymouth, UK [CC BY 2.0]
Austin A30 Panel Van – Jeremy from Sydney, Australia [CC BY 2.0]
Austin A30 Countryman – Jeremy from Sydney, Australia [CC BY 2.0]
1952 Austin A30 Convertible – Vauxford [CC BY-SA 4.0]