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Austin A40 Sports
Leonard Lord proposed the supply of Austin components to Jensen to counteract legal measures over the possible copying of Jensen's PW saloon into Austin's Sheerline. Jensen was also asked to design and build the Austin A40 Sports which can be seen as a smaller version of the Jensen Interceptor. Eric Neale designed the bodywork, and a 1200cc four cylinder Austin A40 Devon engine powered the A40 Sports which was built around a modified Austin Devon chassis. Production started in 1950 and ended in 1953 with 4,000 being sold. Jensen designed a replacement sports car but were beaten to it by Donald Healey's Austin-based Healey 100, however when Tickford could not agree to the required production Jensen were asked to build the Austin-Healey 100.
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Austin A40 Sports - badge
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Austin A40 Sports - badges on bonnet
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Austin A40 Sports - grille
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Austin A40 Sports. Using the 1200cc B-series ohv engine from the A40 Devon which was uprated to 50bhp with twin carbs.
Austin A40 Sports front
Austin A40 Sports began as a partnership with Jensen who wanted to build a fibreglass-bodied sports car on the chassis of an Austin A70. Lord Austin agreed to the use of the A70 in return for Jensen building a smaller car for Austin on the A40 chassis, and thus was born the first Jensen Interceptor and the Austin A40 Sports.
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Austin A40 Sports. Built on an Austin A40 chassis, the A40 Sports used the same 1200cc B-series engine but was uprated to 50bhp with twin carbs
Austin A40 Sports rear
Austin A40 Sports was built from 1950 to 1953 using the chassis and mechanics from the Austin A40 Devon. The body was designed by Eric Neale from Jensen who built 4000 of these.
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Austin A40 Sports was built from 1950 to 1953 as a sports tourer rather than a real sports car. A similar car was built using the A70 chassis and 4litre Austin engine and a body also designed by Eric Neale as the original Jensen Interceptor. The A40 was in essence a mini-Jensen.
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Austin A40 Sports carried an aluminium body designed by Eric Neale and built by Jensen. The chassis was from the Austin A40 Devon as was the running gear, though the 1200cc engine did get an extra carburretor.
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Austin A40 Sports was built by Jensen using Austin A40 Devon chassis and mechanics. Its sucessor was the Healey-designed Austin-Healey 100 which was built for Austin by Jensen on the same production lines.
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Austin A40 Sports - wheel
Austin-Healey 100, 100/6, 3000
Austin A40 Devon, Dorset
Jensen Interceptor 1950
Designer Eric Neale
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