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Austin A125 Sheerline
In 1946 Vanden Plas fell under the ownership of Austin Motors and chairman Leonard Lord saw the possibility to take the Austin badge into Bentley territory. The Austin Sheerline was already in design in 1942 with Leonard Lord trying to capture the look and feel of his personal Bentley, and Dick Burzi finalised the design from Lord's sketches. The Jensen brothers accused Lord of plagiarising their own Jensen PW saloon, and Leonard Lord sought to appease them by supplying Austin mechanics for Jensen products as well as the contract to build the A40 sports. Launched as the A110 Sheerline in 1947, its 3460cc 6-cylinder engine was quickly upgraded to 3993cc for the A125 Sheerline. Soon after Vanden Plas were taken over, a Vanden Plas bodied car was available as the A135 Princess.
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Austin A125 Sheerline - badge
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Austin A125 Sheerline - grille
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Austin A125 Sheerline DS1. Launched in 1947 with a 3993cc 6cylinder engine, the Sheerline (and coachbuilt Princess versions) were intended to take Austin upmarket.
Austin A125 Sheerline DS1 front
Austin A125 Sheerline DS1. Designed in 1947, the Sheerline was designed to be a Bentley for the masses. Power came from a 3995cc ohv 6-cylinder engine of 130bhp
Austin A125 Sheerline DS1 rear
Austin A125 Sheerline DS1. Designed in 1947, the Sheerline was designed to be a Bentley for the masses. The body of the Sheerline was designed in-house by Dick Burzi , although the Jensen brothers accused Leonard Lord of copying their own PW
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Austin A125 Sheerline DS1. The DS1 was built at Longbridge, and the body was designed by Dick Burzi . However, the design was accused of being plagiarised from the Jensen PW of 1947. A longer limousine was also produced
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Austin A125 Limousine DM1 - badge on bonnet side
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Austin A125 Limousine DM1 - grille. The Sheerline was designed by Dick Burzi under instruction from Leonard Lord to produce something like a Bentley.
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Austin A125 Limousine DM1. Powered by a 3995cc inline six cylinder ohv engine of 130bhp
Austin A125 Limousine DM1 frontr
Austin A125 Limousine DM1. An extended wheelbase limousine version of the Austin sheerline was offered, but it was not a success
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Austin A125 Sheerline Limousine DM1. The Sheerline was designed by Dick Burzi , and the 22 inch longer Limousine was also styled and built at Austin.
Austin A125 Limousine DM1 rear
Austin A125 Limousine DM1. Designed and produced by Austin, the DM1 Limousine was not a success, and it was dropped in 1954. Vanden Plas at Kingsbury were also producing their own design A135 Princess, and they were asked to create the replacement limousine.
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Austin A125 Limousine DM1
Vanden-Plas Princess A135
Vanden-Plas Princess MkIV
Dick Burzi
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