Posts Tagged ‘austin’

Bad Photographer, Bad! – 1961 Austin Cambridge

February 4, 2016

If you’re looking for a car that will prompt as many people as possible to come up to you and share their memories with a similar car, you might as well pick one that looks like a lot of other cars. So in that vein, how about a car that looks like a Morris Cambridge, Peugeot 404, VandenPlas Princess 4 Litre R, a little Lancia Flaminia sedan-ish, and if you squint hard, a fintail Mercedes. Unlike many of the cars in that list, though, this one shares its mechanical bits with a sports car – the MGA – so think of all the crazy things you could do. Twincam heads? Moss/Judson/other supercharger? MBG engine punched out to 2 liters? No problem, my friend – just sign here. So with all that in mind, let’s take a look at this 1961 Austin Cambridge for sale for $2800 in Tacoma, WA.

1961 Austin Cambridge right front

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Automatic American – 1969 Austin America

October 7, 2015

Here’s another old car that fits into the same category as the BMW 2002 from yesterday – a fun, light, simple car with sporting pretensions. While the Austin America was certainly a cheaper car, the “Big Mini” nickname is absolutely true, and with the low beltline, large glass area, and decent room for four in comfortable seats, it is a pretty compelling and often-overlooked classic. Unfortunately, part of its undoing in this country was the 4-speed automatic transmission, but if you can look after it properly – not too hard assuming limited mileage on a classic car – this is a great candidate for sharing your love of car shows, club tours, and the friendships that come with the hobby. Check out this 1969 Austin America for sale for $1495 in Portland, OR.

1969 Austin America OEW right side

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RustyButTrusty on the Street, UK Edition – Land Rover, VW, Peugeot, Austin, Morris

May 23, 2015

As you might have guessed by the 2-week silent period, travel took the place of car hunting (though not entirely – there was a candidate for the RustyButTrusty fleet that needed evaluating, which ended up seeming Rusty but not Trusty). And it’s amazing to see in person how, in spite of a climate that’s not very supportive of the classic car hobby, there are many old cars on the roads of England, even London. Among the cars not covered in this post were a short-wheelbase topless Mini, a Panther, Lotus 7, MGB, Triumph TR6, a pair of Peugeot 205s, and more. But let’s start with ones that were moving too slowly to escape a shooter hindered by a cell phone with a security code, like this Q-plated Land Rover 1/2 ton lightweight, parked on the market square in Newbury, England. Unlike other lettered plates, which correspond to a certain year, Q-plated cars (Q is for “query”) are of an undetermined build year, so this designation is used for ex-military vehicles, former write-offs, and more. The car itself is quite interesting, having been specified as light weight to be airlifted.

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