Classic and Sportscar Centre, Malton
Corner Farm, West Knapton, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK, YO17 8JB
- Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.30pm
- Sunday: 10am-4pm
- Closed Saturday
1957 Austin A35
This is quite the most original Austin A35 we have owned. First registered on January 21st 1957 by Austin Motor Co. Ltd of Longbridge, this Tweed Grey 2 door example was sent to the B.M.C Service Department at Cowley who kept it until March 1959. We understand that it was then bought by Harold Hastings - legendary Midlands editor of 'The Motor' magazine whose wife used it until it was laid up in 1978 with only 54,969 miles. It was sold to it's last owner in 1989, the total mileage now being only 61,801 from new. The car comes with a full literature pack, including handbook, service manual and fifties Dunlop tubeless tyre and AA membership leaflets. The Dunlop Gold Seal spare tyre appears to be the original! The car's buff logbook features the registration by Austin, BMC and Mrs Hastings,. We also have the later green log book, V5 and M.O.T history. In the boot is a small period suitcase of spare service parts and an original B.M.C. tin of Tweed Grey touch-up paint. Under the parcel shelf the little Austin has a working period Autolux transistor radio fitted. So many A30s and A35s have lost their original registration marks. Happily UOC 166 is the mark allocated to this car by Austin in 1957.
Harold Hastings produced many memorable articles for 'The Motor' including the world's first Jaguar XK120 road test in HKV 455, a car more or less in line with the later production XKs. Harold and his colleagues fully vindicated the XK 120's promised performance. A trip through France and Belgium, visiting both Jabbeke and the banked circuit at Montlhery gave them ample opportunity to speed test the car. A genuine 124.6 mph was achieved and the car's acceleration through the gears received the following accolade: 'it will provide acceleration such as most drivers have never imagined'.
UOC 166's original red seating is just lovely and although the paintwork is smart, it is by no means perfect. However, this little gem has such a delightful patina - everything looks and smells so right!