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    Austin A40 Sport Convertible? Help!

    Hi guys, total newbie here both to this forum and to British cars in general. I was recently invited to a "barn find" here in the US that was full of Triumphs, Austin Healeys, MG's, a couple of E-types and a host of other cars and parts, all in fairly sad shape, unfortunately. One car that really intrigues me, however, is an aluminum-bodied convertible that I believe to be an early 50's Austin A40 Sport Convertible - I started with the horn emblem and worked backwards on Google to arrive at this conclusion, but a few things don't add up. The main oddball thing is the cowl - most of the pictures I see of these cars have a short cowl section with the hood attached via an external set of hinges; The A-pillar, cowl and fender all align fairly well. On this car, the cowl is much wider with the door crease, fender and cowl all pushed forward from the A-pillar. Also, the dash looks nothing like any pictures I've seen from A40's. There is no engine in the car, but the current owner was told by the previous owner that this car was a prototype that was stretched to allow installation of a 6-cylinder engine as opposed to the normal 4-banger. I've included a few pics for your perusal? Any ideas? Your help is greatly appreciated!
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