Long before the Mini was a twinkle in Sir Alec Issigonis’s eye, Austin had already produced a small family car that captured the hearts of the nation – the A30.
This quirky 1955 2-door Austin A30 is full of character. This ever increasingly rare classic has been restored in a period 1950s racing style (following the St Mary’s Trophy Touring Car theme).
The A30 and A35 are classics that retain a very strong following – and despite the fact that the Mini and Minor overshadowed the cute car commercially, there are enough fans out there to ensure that it will remain in the classic limelight for some time to come.
Legendary drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, and latterly James Hunt, have all been found enjoying themselves behind the wheel of the Austin A30 and A35 – with certainly the former two enjoying exploring the car’s handling without going near the brake pedal, whatever the speed a bend is attacked at! In more recent times the Austin van is well known for being the mode of transport for Wallace & Gromit (this car even has a Wensleydale sticker in the rear window!).
Motorists quickly took to the little cars when they came to the market in the 50s, with sales picking up from the word go. 223,264 A30s were built (when the car was replaced by the A35 in 1956) but today there are just 256 of this 1955 model licenced in the UK* – so why not treat yourself to this affordable classic?