1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338

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Lot 270
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon

Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 39,760) inc. premium
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon
Registration no. LJY 541
Chassis no. HS5/130338
*Built to competition specification in 2007
*1,860cc MGB engine (also 1,600cc unit)
*Raced in Masters 'Top Hat' and HRDC 'Touring Greats'
*Regular Goodwood invitee
*Road registered with V5 document

Footnotes

  • This 1956 Austin Cambridge was purchased in 2006 from a family in Plymouth as a good condition classic vehicle, regularly used and with a current MoT. It was was then subjected to a full strip down and body restoration during 2007. This comprised acid dipping the body/chassis and repairing all corroded areas. The shell was then seam welded in high-stress areas and a bespoke full roll cage fitted before being prepared and re-sprayed in Old English White and black to Austin A50 Export pattern.

    The bare shell was then fitted out with refurbished or new items as appropriate to enable the car to particpiate in circuit racing. These include an OMP plumbed-in fire extinguishing system with multiple outlets; laminated windscreen, and polycarbonate side and rear windows; rear doors bolted shut and lock-wired; Sparco race seat (in date); Schroth 5-point race harness (new in 2015); and a AH Fabrications foam-filled fuel tank.

    'LJY 541' runs a full race MGB engine of 1,860cc, with a gas-flowed big-valve cylinder head and two 1¾" SU carburettors. The MGB gearbox incorporates an SCCR straight-cut close-ratio gear set from Hardy Engineering, and transmits power to an MGB rear axle with 'Gripper' limited-slip differential. The lowered suspension features anti-roll bars front and rear; up-rated front coil springs; flattened rear leaf springs up-rated Armstrong dampers all round, and rear axle location by means of a Panhard rod and bespoke anti-tramps bars. Brakes are MGB discs at the front and MGB drums at the rear, all suitably up-rated. The 15"x5" steel wheels are to Triumph TR6 pattern.

    Since 2008, 'LJY 541' has competed regularly in Historic Saloon Car racing, firstly in the Masters 'Top Hat' series and latterly in the HRDC 'Touring Greats' series for pre-1960 production saloons. It is well used but in really good condition, and has accumulated an impressive racing history. Throughout its racing life the car has been steadily developed to improve handling and braking performance.

    In 2008, 'LJY 541' was invited to race in the St. Mary's Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival meeting, one of the drivers being the late Sir John Whitmore, although engine problems curtailed both races. In 2015, the Cambridge was invited to race in the Sopwith Cup at the Goodwood Members' Meeting. The car ran well, holding its midfield position despite being collected early on by an over-zealous Ford Anglia!

    All restoration receipts plus some photographs of work in progress are included in the sale, and the car also comes with a spare engine: again full-race MGB but of 1,600cc enabling it run in a lower class. Many other spares come with the car as well.
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1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
1956 Austin A50 Cambridge Competition Saloon  Chassis no. HS5/130338
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