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Homepage. This page: A colour "Ilfocolor" shot of Mk2 A40 reg. 532 MRT, captured with its owners in the Alps in 1963.

1. Austin A40 Farina Mk2.

The Mk2 version of Austin's A40 Farina took over from the A40 Mk1 in 1962, and introduced a number of evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, updates to the basic design first seen in 1958. This Surrey-registered example was photographed, possibly in the Alps, in early/mid 1963 - with the photo itself being printed in July of that year.
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A grey Austin A40 saloon
The A40's owners are seen looking across at the snow-covered peaks, enveloped in cloud. Despite it being a sunny day, the lady found it necessary to wear a coat, whilst the gentleman, chewing studiously on his pipe, made do with a wooly cardigan. The RHD Austin A40 looks to be a De Luxe model - note the bumper overriders, and opening rear side windows. This particular car has also been fitted with a stick-on rear window demister, and sports an RAC Members' badge on the grille. The lady's sunhat can also be made out on the rear window shelf. If the car didn't have a heater fitted they may well have remained wrapped up when they drove away!
The early Mk2 A40 Farinas were powered by the same 948cc engine as found under the bonnet of the Mk1 A40 (and the A35 before that), although this would soon be uprated to 1098cc for added pep. Early Mk2s with the smaller engine can also be identified by their smart two-tone interior trim. Other differences between the Mk1 and Mk2 include the latter's longer wheelbase, revised front grille treatment, different bonnet pressing, and subtly altered rear bootlid trim and badging (position). An interesting tale of owning a Mk2 Austin A40 can be found here.

2. A LHD A40 Mk2

The next Mk2 A40 Farina photograph features a lefthand drive example, parked I believe in a car park. It too has an anti-mist panel stuck to the rear screen, as well as a roof rack, and a radio aerial fitted to the driver's side front wing. A lone rear view mirror can also be seen on the wing, and extra turn signal repeater lamps have also been installed. The lack of bumper overriders point to a base-spec, rather than De Luxe, model.
Does anyone recognise the estate car parked to the right of shot, or the A40's registration?
Updates. John dropped me a note regarding this photograph. He tells me that the A40 was registered in Vienna and, regarding the estate car parked alongside, offers the following:
The car standing beside the Austin is a Wartburg Camping Limousine. Wartburgs were a product of the East German motor industry, built at Eisenach, in Saxony, where most B.M.W. cars were built before WW2. The model (as saloon, coupe or estate) was introduced in 1956 and had a certain popularity in Western Europe in the late fifties and early sixties, largely because it offered a lot of car for little money -- the saloon was a six-seater, if you were all good friends. The estate version, with extended windows and a fabric insert in the roof, was known as the Camping Limousine; from the look of it, whatever it offered, style wasn't it!
Hans in New Zealand also adds:
The estate to the right of the Farina A40 in the latest pic is a Wartburg 311 estate, also known as the "Tourist". These were slightly updated versions of the earlier Wartburgs, mainly cosmetic.They were of course still powered by Wartburg's 3-cylinder two stroke. The 353, or "Knight" in the UK, superceded these models in the mid sixties.
Another Mk2 A40 Farina car

3. Another Mk2 Farina.

Thanks to Andrew for this next photo, which dates to the early 1960s and shows him and his dad tending to the family's Mk2 A40 Farina. Regarding the Pininfarina-designed Austin, Andrew adds:
"In about 1964, my dad paid the local Austin garage to fit new kingpins, bushes, and trunnions (plus new sills perfectly fitted and sprayed) to his 1955 A30. All good profit for Nidd Vale Motors, but was the old 803cc Austin worth spending that money on? Anyway, by 1966 dad decided it was time to buy something a bit newer, bigger and more powerful. So for 385 pounds Stuttard's Garage in Starbeck sold him another Austin - an Austin A40 Mk2, with Farina styling and a few inches longer wheelbase than the Mk1. Power was disappointing. The Mk2 surely had a 1098 engine? No, this was an early Mk2 with the 948cc, getting up Harewood Bank meant changing down to third."
Another Mark Two Austin A40
The above A40 ended up being traded in for a 1966 Wolseley Hornet, photos of which can be seen on this page.
Clearly, the presence of Pininfarina's masterpiece within the Willoughby household had a lasting effect on Andrew, as a few years after the above photograph was taken, he too invested in a Mk2 Austin A40, in 1098cc guise. His car was registered 591 FUA, a c1963 Leeds issue, and is shown below on a camping trip. Both his car, and that of his father, had single-colour interior trim.
A 1963 A40 Mk2
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