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1952 Austin A90 Atlantic
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:10 am    Post subject: 1952 Austin A90 Atlantic Reply with quote

Morning all,

An interesting project for someone - I imagine that it'd cost to bring it up to A1 condition, but from the blurb it could just be sound enough to re-commission as-is without resorting to significant amounts of welding. Judging by the underbonnet colour it's had an indifferent respray at some point in its life, which is a shame as if the paint had been original and faded, I think it'd appeal a lot more to me. Still, quite a rare find nowadays.

Thoughts?

https://ebay.to/2TKVjdP



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find but I think there is more work involved than at first appears. The horrible respray is likely hiding a lot of filler if the edges of the front wings are anything to go by.

On the plus side it's all there! The restoration could be a very satisfying one.

Getting rid of those reflectors would be a good start!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't see many about these days, its a worthwhile project for someone.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great car
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No mention is made in the advert about the door windows. I wonder if they work or not? The interesting thing being that they were originally hydraulically operated, or so I understand.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
No mention is made in the advert about the door windows. I wonder if they work or not?

I guess they do work regarding their most important task: keeping the weather out Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Healey derivative?That's stretching it a bit,isn't it?
It does look like a good starter,as at least all of it appears to be present.
Personally,I always foumd them too bulbous and roly-poly cars for my liking.
It was hardly a road burner either.
Still,it is becoming a rare thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB50Rboo9Xw

The first one I saw was when I was just a lad. The car was mouldering away in a farmer's barn. It seemed to me at the time to be an exciting design and I couldn't understand why according to my Dad it had been a total flop in the American market for which it had been designed.

They had nearly all succumbed to terminal rust by the 1960s so it is something of a miracle that there are any sound Atlantics surviving to this day.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a top speed of 90 mph and a 0-60 in 16.5 sec there were few 4 seater cars in 1947 who could match it for performance. The Ford pilot could only manage 80 mph and 0-60 in 21 sec and the Triumph roadster 77 mph and 0-60 in 27 sec.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks much better than mine, which I sold because needed a full restoration and/or a lot of custom metal fabrication to get it solid again. I just didn't have the time for another project of that magnitude.

Shame this seller has had the original plate off though Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

poodge wrote:
Healey derivative?That's stretching it a bit,isn't it?
It does look like a good starter,as at least all of it appears to be present.
Personally,I always foumd them too bulbous and roly-poly cars for my liking.
It was hardly a road burner either.
Still,it is becoming a rare thing.


Stretching it a bit? Well, I suppose so, he would have been better saying the Healey was a derivative of the Atlantic! The Healey 100 used the A90 mechanics, partly because Austin had surplus production because the Atlantic was a slow seller. Don't let the roly-poly looks fool you: the Atlantic was a fast car for the period with a top speed of over 90mph, and held a number of World Speed Records including seven days and nights non stop at over 70mph, and the handling was a match for most cars of the period.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imagine what it would go like if you supercharged it. Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray,

I doubt if the gearbox would take it. I had a Healey 100 engine in an A70 back in the early 60s and was forever ripping the teeth off first gear. I had a spare gearbox ready for quick change-over. From memory a layshaft cluster was 7 10/-

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess Mark C is right,in their day it was fast.
The time i was around such cars in the early 70's,they were just old bangers held together with Holts Gun-gum and tie wire.
You must remember that New Zealand was forced to keep it's old cars on the road for much longer than Britain or Europe.
Back then,the only way to get a new car in NZ was if you had overseas funds to pay for it.The rest of us were forced to keep our old stuff running as well as we could.
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