The Austin A30 was designed to replace the dated Austin 7 and it’s sidevalve engine. The new Austin Seven (A30) was to have a monocoque body with a new SF (small four) engine of some 800cc two engines were offered a conventional sidvalve, or a slimmed down OHV engine a derivative of the popular Austin A40 which had a 1200cc OHV engine fitted.
The car was launched at the 1951 Earls Court Motor Show, It was still called the Austin 7 or to give it’s full name the Austin A30 Seven.
The body concept was taken from the Duncan Dragon Fly with it’s unitary construction a spin-off from the aircraft industry where Duncan had worked the car also boasted rubber suspension and front wheel drive.
This made the Austin A30 the first Austin car without a separate chassis a huge leap into the unknown for Austin.
First Production of the AS3 A30 was predominately for the export market and it wasn’t until 1953 that the British public got to drive the car although the car was available to the motoring press during 1952.
The car was initially produced as a four door saloon.
It was during this year that BMC was born with the amalgamation of the Austin group of companies with the Morris group of companies making it at the time Britain’s largest car maker.
In October 1953 the A2S4 2-door A30 model was added to the range .
August 1954 saw the introduction of the A30 (AV4) van
At the same time the A30 (AP4) Countryman was introduced.
In 1956 the A30 changed it’s name and badge and was now called the Austin A35 (AS5 & A2S5) the interior of the car was improved with carpet throughout the interior of the car. The car now hade the more powerful 948cc engine and an improve gearbox to match the engine.
In November of 1956 the Austin A35 pickup was introduced, the pick-ups life was short lasting until 1957 when it was dropped from the range.
In June 1958 the Pininfarina designed Austin A40 MKI (A-A2S6) was introduced in saloon form still with the 948cc engine and gearbox from the A35.
A40 (A-AW6) Countryman Production was started in September 1959 again with the 948cc engine and gearbox of the A35. Production continued of the A35running the two vehicles along side each other until 1962 when production ceased for the A35 car and Countryman. The A35 van continued in production.
August 1961 saw the introduction of the MKII A40(A-A2S8) with it’s improved wheelbase, redesigned full width grille and improved interior to mention but a few changes.
October 1961 saw the introduction of the MKII A40 Countryman (A-AW6) changes to the interior now allowed the rear seat to fold flat with the squab section acting as a bulkhead to protect the front seats.
September 1962 saw the introduction of the 1098cc power plant and gearbox for the MKII A40 (A-A2S9) and A40 Countryman (A-AW9) along with changes to the carburetion and final drive to improve performance.
September 1962 saw the penultimate incarnation of the A35 ( A-AV8) van with a 1098cc engine and gearbox.
In October 1963 saw the final incarnation of the A35 van (A-AV8) with the 848cc engine and gearbox this van ran until February1968 when production finally ceased.
Internal competition with the Mini and the 1100 models plus the introduction of the Vauxhall Viva and Ford Cortina was now to much for the A40 and in November 1967 saw the end of production of both the MKII A40 saloon and Countryman.