1957 Austin A354-door Saloon RHD
Year of manufacture1957
Number of doors4
When the new Austin A35 model came out…
- "....The new cars were thoroughly proved by tests carried out on the German “Autobahnen”, during which drivers of much larger cars, were astonished being overtaken by three small Austins , driven flat out all day, averaging 60 mph for 25000 miles!......"
- ".....a privately-owned works-tuned A35 was driven for seven days around the Montlhéry track, near Paris, in a record breaking run at an average speed of 75 mph, covering nearly 12500 miles...."
these were nothing short of victorious promotional texts which were sent-out by Austin in 1956, but having recently driven myself the Florida Green 4-door Saloon we have on offer, I have to agree generally speaking with the sensations (but not with the top-speed).
According to the British Motor Industry Heritage certificate this 1957 Austin A35 4-door saloon was initially sold new in the UK but arrived already in 1985 in the Netherlands, where an enthusiast of the model undertook from 1998 till 2003 , a nut & bolt very detailed restoration (very well documented with many photos).
The final result in Florida Green looks absolutely stunning and this even today after having been sparingly used on the road.
For a small car this Austin A35 4-door Saloon drives absolutely marvelous and is surprisingly roomy inside. The factory fitted open sunroof provides lots of fresh air.
But what pleases me most is the “feel good” atmosphere which captures the driver + passengers and also the onlookers. Great fun guaranteed!