1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280
Lot 201
1955 Austin A30 Rally Car
Sold for £16,675 (US$ 22,403) inc. premium

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1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280 1955 Austin A30 Rally Car  Chassis no. A2S4132280
1955 Austin A30 Rally Car
Registration no. OSK 899
Chassis no. A2S4132280
*Built for the 2017 HERO London-Lisbon Rally
*Winner of the 'Spirit of the Rally' award
*1,275cc CMES engine (88bhp)
*Numerous mechanical upgrades including front disc brakes

Footnotes

  • Austin's reply to the Morris Minor, the A30 was launched at the 1951 Motor Show. A more cautious design than the Minor, the A30 was nevertheless Austin's first unitary construction car and the first to be powered by the famous A-Series engine. The A30's selling price undercut the Minor's by £10, thanks in part to such cost-cutting features as external door hinges, solitary rear light, sliding windows and rear brakes operated by a single hydraulic cylinder via a mechanical linkage. A two-door model joined the four-door original in 1953, van and estate versions following in '54. The model was updated in 1956 with a wider rear window, remote-control gearshift and 948cc engine, becoming the A35. Saloon production ceased on the Mini's arrival August 1959, though the A35 van would live on until 1968.

    This Austin A30 was purchased in order to enter HERO's 2017 London-Lisbon Rally, an event listed as 'semi-arduous' (four countries over nine days) with 48 regularity sections and nine track events covering some 2,400 miles. Seemingly an unlikely choice, the A30 nevertheless has a good rallying pedigree, the Brookes brothers having won the 1956 Tulip Rally outright in one!

    Having a solid bodyshell, this example was completely dismantled and sent to Paint Dynamix of Selsey for repainting. Rae Davis - the 'guru' of A30s - supplied the transmission, suspension, rear axle, differential, front discs, and competition rear drums, and carried out much of the work. The 1,275cc engine was specially built by CMES, producing 88bhp on CCK's rolling-road dynamometer. A bespoke wiring loom was made by Autosparks and fitted by Classic Wiring Services. The seats were handmade by Bryan Purvis, and the carpets by The Trimming Centre, while Quick Fit designed and installed the seat belts. OBP Motorsport fabricated the aluminium fuel tank with piping by Speedflow. A fully detailed account of the car's specification is available.

    Built with no expense spared, as evidenced by receipts/invoices in excess of £45,000, this unique Austin A30 is a serious road/rally car, duly completing this year's London-Lisbon Rally and receiving 'Spirit of the Rally' award. Ideally suited to anyone contemplating an introduction to the sport, it is offered with current MoT and a V5C Registration Certificate.
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