Wednesday 1st October 1947
Austin unveiled the A40, to replace the ‘8’ and ‘10’ models. The rear wheel driven saloon was powered by a naturally aspirated engine of 1.2 litre capacity. This powerplant featured overhead valve valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder, with an output of 40 bhp (40.6 PS/29.8 kW) of power at 4300 rpm, giving it a top speed of 71 mph. A 4 speed manual gearbox supplied the power to the driven wheels.