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Super 7
09-06-2004, 08:29 PM
I was looking at some vintage bikes for sale, and saw this wild A40 Sport (scroll way down on the page). It looks fun. Kind of reminds me of a Roger Rabbit car.

The Rootes Estate is cool too.

https://www.robinsclassicbikes.bc.ca/

Sherlock
09-06-2004, 08:39 PM
The Austin A40 Sports is quite desireable I believe, it was the mini version of the 1950's-era Jensen Interceptor, actually Jensen manufactured the bodyshell for the A40 Sports, I understand that underneath all that pretty bodywork is a basic A40 chassis without that many goodies.

Anyway... I'll let you have that Austin and I'll pick up that Singer Gazelle wagon... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif (my weird station wagon fetish)

https://www.robinsclassicbikes.bc.ca/saust20a.jpg

https://www.robinsclassicbikes.bc.ca/ssngr10a.jpg

Eric
09-06-2004, 09:22 PM
Having owned an A40 Somerset in my foolish youth, I have trouble imagining the words A40 and sport in the same sentence! The A40 was, um, educational (learned lots about wrenching on that car), but sport? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nonod.gif

Sherlock
09-06-2004, 09:31 PM
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Having owned an A40 Somerset in my foolish youth, I have trouble imagining the words A40 and sport in the same sentence! The A40 was, um, educational (learned lots about wrenching on that car), but sport? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nonod.gif

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I didn't say I called it "Sports", the model was actually called the A40 Sports by Austin back then, most (then and now) agree that it didn't really deserve to be called "Sports", having said that it is a pretty car, at least I think so. If you can put up with a humble Austin A40 chassis under a pretty body I'm sure it's a great collectors car.

aeronca65t
09-07-2004, 12:15 PM
My youth was also spent in an A40. Not sporty, but it taught a lot about "conservation of momentum" (still useful, since I race in the tiddler classes).

Me and my A40 oversteering (taken around '67):
https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v170/aeronca65t/Cars/nial_a40.jpg

Steve
09-07-2004, 01:02 PM
I think that in this case the "sport" designation must refer to the open cabin /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif There is nothing else even remotely sporting about the A40. Now the later, Farina-designed cars had quite a successful competition pedigree, Pat Moss actually rallied one "Zoe", named after the first three digits of its registartion plate, XOE. Practical Classics actually restored that car donkeys years ago. (Similar to a coons age I believe, but the UK version thereof.......you don't find racoons over there, despite what Disney may have you believe).

Patton
09-08-2004, 12:54 AM
Can anyone point me to any info or pics on the Zoe car? I'm putting up racing prints in my office, and wanted a Moss/Wisdom pic in a Healey, but since my daughter's name is Zoe, I think I need that picture!!!

Patton


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I think that in this case the "sport" designation must refer to the open cabin /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif There is nothing else even remotely sporting about the A40. Now the later, Farina-designed cars had quite a successful competition pedigree, Pat Moss actually rallied one "Zoe", named after the first three digits of its registartion plate, XOE. Practical Classics actually restored that car donkeys years ago. (Similar to a coons age I believe, but the UK version thereof.......you don't find racoons over there, despite what Disney may have you believe).

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Steve
09-08-2004, 01:00 AM
How's this?

https://195.112.53.254/jpg/zoe-1.jpg

Steve
09-08-2004, 01:02 AM
Blimey. It worked!!!!!!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif Here's a reference to a website.

https://195.112.53.254/zoe.html

Steve
09-08-2004, 01:27 AM
Just remembered I still have that Practical Classics magazine somewhere. I'll see if I can find it, just for the sake of interest

ThomP
09-12-2004, 04:40 PM
I'm pretty sure that one of the unique faetures of the sports model was that the body was aluminium.