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Austin A40 Devon model history


Austin A40 Devon
Manufacturer: Austin/BMC

See Austin A40 for other A40 models and Austin A40 Sports for the sports car version of the Devon.

The A40 Devon (and similar 2-door A40 Dorset) were automobiles sold by the Austin Motor Company from 1947 through to 1952. They were the first post-war saloons to be produced by Austin, and thus were a mix of old and new technologies.

Both cars were body-on-frame designs with modern bodies and a 1.2 L straight-4 OHV engine producing 40 bhp at 4200 rpm. They also featured front coil sprung independent suspension. The Girling brakes were operated hydraulically at the front and mechanically at the rear. Later cars had column operated gear change. A sliding sunroof and heater were extra cost options on the UK market. Top speed was just over 65 mph and 60 mph could be reached in 45 seconds.

The Devon was the 4-door version and was more successful than the 2-door Dorset, which was dropped in 1949 after only 15,939 were made.

The "Countryman" estate was produced up until 1956. A van and pickup truck were also produced.

For a semi-sports car version, Jensen supplied an alloy body (see Austin A40 Sports).

More than 450,000 cars were produced before it was replaced in 1952 by the Austin A40 Somerset.


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