20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
Lot 225
 

1957 Austin A35 Van

Sold for £7,425

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: YYA 519
Chassis No: AV5/LCS/41948
MOT: Sep 2023

  • Liveried as a 'Speedwell' service van
  • Driven to and from this year's Silverstone Classic race meeting and used there to ferry fuel and tyres around
  • An older restoration in good running order with a fresh MOT
  • Rare and characterful small commercial

Introduced in 1956, the Austin A35 could be had as a two- or four-door saloon, two-door Countryman estate or Van. The latter became a familiar sight the length and breadth of the UK serving tradesmen and delivery drivers alike. Powered by three different A-Series OHV four-cylinder engines during its twelve-year production life, the diminutive commercial was surprisingly fun to drive thanks to the provision of independent front suspension, a well-located hypoid rear axle and hydraulic drum brakes. With so many worked into the ground, survivors are comparatively few and far between.

An older restoration which is thought to have spent time on the show circuit (it still carries a plaque for the 2007 Corsley Show), this particular example has been liveried as a ‘Speedwell Performance Conversions’ Van. The London firm certainly tuned more than its fair share of Austin A35s as well as developing British Rally Championship and British Saloon Car Championship winning machinery. Starting readily upon inspection and running well, ‘YYA 519’ was driven to and from this year’s Silverstone Classic (a 160-mile round trip) by the vendor who used it to ferry petrol and tyres around whilst there. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, ‘The Book of the Austin A30 and A35’ and MOT certificate valid until September 2023.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

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