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1950 Austin A90 Atlantic Sports Saloon


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection


• Delivered new to Portugal
• Seldom seen imported vehicle
• Older impressive restoration finished in silver with a black leatherette roof
• Equipped with flush-mounted trafficators, heater and hydraulic power windows

2,660 cc OHV four-cylinder engine, twin SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, front independent coil suspension, rear leaf springs, front hydraulic and rear mechanical brakes; wheelbase: 96”

Founded in 1905 by Herbert Austin, Austin Motor Company Limited was a British manufacturer that specialized in small fuel-efficient vehicles. Eventually, it would merge with Morris Motors Limited in 1952, but before this happened, Austin would release one of their more favored models in company history. The A90 Atlantic was Austin’s post-war attempt at an upscale model for the American market. Derived from the A70 Austin Hampshire, their previous model, it had a 2,660-cc version of the OHV four-cylinder engine fed with twin SU carburetors. The transmission was a column-shifted four-speed. Initially a drophead coupe, it was joined by a fixed-head sports saloon in January 1950.

Upon completion this sports saloon was supplied new to Lisbon. It would remain in Portugal for most of its life and retain its original number plate which still accompanies the car today. While residing in Portugal, it was lovingly cared for in the Sáragga Collection until The Rockhound Collection became the new caretakers in 2019. It is believed the restoration took place roughly 25 years ago. This older restoration still presents very well as the silver paint and black leatherette-covered roof have always been cared for. Matching the exterior color, the interior is finished in grey leather upholstery which is outlined with red piping. This nifty little A90 will seat up to four occupants and features flush-mounted trafficators, a heater, and standard hydraulic power windows for warm breezy days. The 2,660 cc OHV four-cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors is backed by a column-mounted gearbox and is reported to work correctly.

Of the 7,981 Atlantics built through 1952, only about 350 found homes in the United States. As a result, a good number, like the one offered here, were sold in Continental Europe and never made it to U.S. soil. Few reside in the States and even fewer are available today with a known history and a quality restoration.

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