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1950 Austin Sheerline

The Austin Sheerline is a luxury car which was produced by the Austin Motor Company in the United Kingdom from 1947 to 1952 and then by the British Motor Corporation until 1954.

The Sheerline was designed by Austin during World War Two but production did not begin until 1947 because of the commitment to war production. It was a luxurious car in the style of the contemporary Rolls-Royce or Bentley but at a much lower price, around two-thirds of the price of the equivalent Rolls-Royce but still the price of five or six small Austins. There were about 8000 built but it is now becoming quite rare.

The first cars, designated A110, had a 3460 cc straight 6 overhead valve engine but this was soon increased to 3995 cc with 125 bhp (93 kW) and the designation then became A125. Initially only a Saloon version on a 9-foot-11 1⁄4-inch wheelbase chassis was made, but this was joined by a (rare) Limousine version in 1950 on a stretched 11-foot (3 m) chassis. Later on there came more versions, including a hearse and an ambulance. At 37 hundredweight (1850 kg) for the saloon and 2 tons (2000 kg) for the limousine this was a heavy car, and to maintain performance a low final drive ratio of 4.55:1 with 16-inch tyres was fitted. Suspension was by coil springs at the front and half-elliptic leaf springs at the rear. The saloon version had a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h).

In 1954 production ceased with the Austin luxury category passing to the similar A135 Princess Mk II which had also been in production since 1947 and would continue until 1956.


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