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Austin A40 Somerset
After 450,000 Austin Devons were made, the A40 was superceded by the A40 Somerset in Spring 1952. The Somerset looked like a smaller A70 Hereford, the new A40 Somerset actually shared the doors of its larger sibling. Bodies were bolted onto a frame, rather than monocoque, and were designed by Dick Burzi. A 42bhp version of the 1200cc engine was fitted to the Somerset. Carbodies were contracted to build a drophead coupe, and 7243 were sold, mainly to export. In 1954 the Somerset was replaced by the new monocoque construction Austin A40 Cambridge and A50 Cambridge.
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Austin A40 Somerset. The 'Flying A' was designed by Dick Burzi after Lord removed the 'Flying B' from his Bentley and asked Burzi to knock something similar up.
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Austin A40 Somerset
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Austin A40 Somerset
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Austin A40 Somerset. Austin's new 1200cc ohv engine, now uprated to 42bhp was carried over from the Devon to the Somerset
Austin A40 Somerset front
Austin A40 Somerset. Not much more than an A40 Devon rebodied by Dick Burzi , and only sold from 1952 to 1954 with a 1200cc 42bhp engine.
Austin A40 Somerset rear
Austin A40 Somerset. With a body designed by Dick Burzi the Somerset took over from the A40 Devon from 1952-54. The doors were shared with the larger A70 Hereford.
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Austin A40 Somerset
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Austin A40 Somerset. Dick Burzi gave the A40 new metalwork for the 1952 Austin A40 Somerset. Underneath it was the same body on frame format, not a true monocoque design. The A40 shared its doors with the A70.
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Austin A40 Somerset. Strongly resembling the larger A70 Hereford, the A40 Somerset was narrower and shorter and was a built on a frame rather than monocoque construction.
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Austin A40 Somerset
Austin A40 Somerset Drophead Coupe
Austin A40 Devon, Dorset
Austin A70 Hereford
Designer: Dick Burzi
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