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1949 Austin A90 Atlantic [BD2]

1949 Austin A90 Atlantic [BD2] in Marple: The Body in the Library, Movie made for TV, 2004 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1949 Austin A90 Atlantic [BD2]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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marsh EN

2007-02-16 17:19


This is a 1950 Austin A90 Atlantic drophead coupe, finished in a modern interpretation of Seafoam Green. Although the model was launched at the 1948 Motor Show at Earls Court, no production cars were actually built until the spring of 1949, shortly after the record breaking attempt at Indianapolis by Alan Hess, Charles Goodacre and Dennis Buckley in April of that year.

This particular car is very well known within Austin circles and is unique in having modified rear wheel spats very similar to those of the contemporary Jaguar XK 120. This modification was carried out very early in the life of this car at the behest of its first owner. So distinctive was the result that when the car was restored in the late 1980's and early 90's this feature was retained, although the owner has a restored original rear end to be grafted back onto the car when it is repainted in the near future...

Built with the lucrative post war American market firmly in mind, the Atlantic was not a success Stateside, with barely 350 cars exported across the pond, despite best efforts by the Austin Motor Company and a number of forward looking features, such as a windscreen with curved edges, hydraulically operated windows and hood, optional Ecko Radio, centrallly mounted fog light and genuine 90+MPH performance, despite interesting handling characteristics! It was however, more successful on the home market and indeed down under where there is a thriving club to cater for and preserve examples of this brave vision of the future. Of 7981 cars produced, there remain perhaps less than 300 worldwide, with fewer than 30 or so remaining on the road in Britain.

Dropped by Austin in 1952 with the announcement of BMC, the engine and gearbox of the Atlantic found a more successful home in the Austin Healey 'Hundred'. The Atlantic was rather misunderstood in its day and happily time has been a little more kind, with surviving examples now highly prized by their passionate (and usually slightly eccentric ) owners. I can say that, as I've owned two!

-- Last edit: 2017-08-19 09:13:16

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