The war was out of the way, and the Austin Motor Company needed a brand new design of medium-sized car, to replace the pre-war models that resumed production after WW2. The 4dr Austin A40 Devon, and 2dr A40 Dorset, were the result. Both were powered by a new 1200cc OHV engine, with hydraulic braking to the front wheels and a sturdy separate chassis, beneath an all-new design of bodywork, penned in-house by Austins. |
Once Austin Devon saloon production was in full swing, further variations on the 1200cc A40 theme were launched by Austin. Purchasers could soon choose from the A40 Devon & Dorset saloons, a new 10cwt pickup, a 10cwt van, and the estate car, or 'Countryman', as it was known. Sales of the Dorset were slow, and production ceased in 1951, but 4dr Devons continued for a couple more years, until the new Somerset replaced it in the BMC showrooms. Production of the Devon-based light commercials (ie vans and pickups) continued alongside the new Somerset saloons.
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