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  1. Hermann Egges

    The Austin 8 register cars:

    1940 Austin 8AP Military Tourer (AP – military)
    1939 Austin 8AP tourer (AP – civilian)
    1939 Austin 8 two door, four light saloon. (ARA)
    1947 Austin 8 Van (AV1)
    1946 Austin 8 four door, six light saloon (AS1) (*)

    (*) Recently added to the register in May 2023, see other post for the image of that car.

  2. Hermann Egges

    Another Austin 8 will be part of the Austin Eight Register. 1946 Austin 8, six light, four door saloon.

  3. Barry 42

    A picture that I found just recently. I was about seven or eight years old, so it’s about 70-plus years ago! I wonder if the car is still around, I’m not sure what model it was, possibly a 12?

  4. Jean Pierre Scicluna

    was told that this type of side light was fitted on early models need to buy a set any help please Regards Jean

  5. Jean Pierre Scicluna

    adding more pictures

  6. Jean Pierre Scicluna

    Hello from Malta joined the club again no 3555 saw a Hampshire and could not resist in buying it in Malta only 3 are left hope this time I begin and finish it it was dismantled about 30 years age I was told from the last owner and have rust issues hope I find some help and parts it look so nice I already own 2 Austin Somersets and an Austin 8 two door but I hope to began and finish the Hampshire does anyone have rear mudgaurds and boot for sale and a pair of early side lights please Thanks and Regards Jean

  7. Nabil Diab

    My Austin Somerset is very appreciated in France.
    I immediately see their faces light up with a big smile when they see her and ask me many questions: production’s year, which fuel I use, If I find spares parts, lovely car, some time they ask me a ride…
    They are very enthousiasme and it makes me proud of my beautiful english classic car.
    Warm regards,

  8. Barry 42

    Great looking car. How do the French people react to an English Classic car?

  9. Nabil Diab

    Hello all Austin’s counties lovers,
    Here is my Austin Somerset 1954 in France
    I’m very proud to be the owner.
    She is very very rare in France.
    Greetings from France,

  10. Barry 42

    I thought you guys may like my Austin Sixteen. I bought it a couple of months ago. A one-owner car is not bad for a car that’s 1948! Lots of work to be carried out over the next six months. If all goes well on the road in 2022?

  11. Bradley Mork

    Thank again PeteJS You were absolutely right the car started out as an A35 2dr. & was converted by a yank by the name of Art Larson.
    The Austin A30 & A35 Owners’ Club have photos of it at a club rally in the early 1980s before it was shipped to the USA.
    Please feel free to have all my posts to your site removed as they have little to do with your club. My best regards Brad M.

  12. Bradley Mork

    Thank PeteJS I didn’t realize there was a separate club for A30/A35 owners.
    I also think your right about it being of the A35 type, as the forming of the flair outs on the side of the A35 van look like a silhouette of this car.
    I’ll be taking my inquiry over to that site from now on

  13. PeteJS

    I really don’t think this is a car made by Austin as a factory product – at least not in this form.

    The grille for example looks like that of an A35, and the chassis no. with its A2S5 prefix appears to be from an A30 or A35 – these were produced from 1951 to 1959. I suspect that your car is a ‘special’ built by an enthusiast to put a convertible body on an A35 base. You would probably get more detail from the A30/A35 owners club here:

  14. Bradley Mork

    I would like to thank PeteJS for taking the time to ponder this oddity.
    We received the title for the car today.
    It implies that the car was imported to the USA in 1984 & has serial # A2S5183252

  15. Bradley Mork

    It’s the Austin of England emblem on the boot lid & hood ornament, that would imply it is a company car.
    I did read somewhere on Wikipedia that the Austin factory did draw-up designs for a 1959 Tourer, but it also stated that it wasn’t put into production.
    I know many car companies will produce a few concept units of some models but then decide not to go to production for some reason or other, & many times even dealers won’t know about these sample cars, perhaps this is the case with this little orphan.

    Here’s an article about USA cars some of which only as few as two were produced.
    (40 Muscle Cars That Were Only Produced For One Year)

  16. PeteJS

    Old CarI’ve had a look at this, and I can say that it isn’t an Austin factory car. There were a number of cars built at least partly from Austin parts from low volume manufacturers – hardly surprising as Austin was a huge manufacturer back then.

    One example which you can find on the web is the Coventry Victor Venus, which isn’t far off yours but appears to be about 10 years earlier. If you have any more information please do let us know.

  17. Bradley Mork

    My nephew just pick this 1959 Austin of England Tourer up at an auction.
    We can’t seem to find any info about this car, only 10 were supposed to have been made.
    He sent a little better photo, But he’s sure not very good at taking them.

  18. Bradley Mork

    My nephew just pick this 1959 Austin of England Tourer up at an auction.
    We can’t seem to find any info about this car, only 10 were supposed to have been made.

  19. Bradley Mork

    My nephew just pick this 1959 Austin of England Tourer up at an auction.
    We can’t seem to find any info about this car, only 10 were supposed to have been made.

  20. Bradley Mork

    My nephew just pick this 1959 Austin of England Tourer up at an auction.
    We can’t seem to find any info about this car, only 10 were supposed to have been made.
    Sorry about the poor photos, I’ll put up better ones as soon as I can get them.

  21. Bradley Mork

    My nephew just pick this 1959 Austin of England Tourer up at an auction.
    We can’t seem to find any info about this car, only 10 were supposed to have been made.
    Sorry about the poor photos, I’ll put up better ones as soon as I can get them.

  22. Peter Clarke

    My 8 Tourer at a classic car meet at Towcester Racecourse, UK, this summer.

  23. Guido Dieringer

    My new Somerset Coupe.
    I a very proud the own this spectacular car.
    Unfortunately a half shaft is broken.
    I am desperately looking for a spares.
    Many greetings from Germany
    Cheers Guido

  24. Charles Cattell

    Mortimer looks splendid. Like the GPO phone box too! I think we are all looking forward to getting back on the road again, though my Somerset will need a bit of love first.

  25. Ralf Kramp

    Hello from Germany to you all. We want to show you a photo of our 1947 Austin Eight, finally restored, waiting for spring to get back on the road again. We call him “Mortimer”.

  26. MarkkuH

    One already “dead” Somerset.
    Anyhow a few parts were still ok for use in a restoration of an other car.

  27. MarkkuH

    In Finland we also enjoy Austin cars.
    My 1952 Austin Somerset in an evening meeting in the pit of Ahvenisto Circuit.

  28. Peter Harrison

    The car park at The Hatton on a Summer evening. The venue for the North West faction of the ACCC.

  29. Brian law

    My 1952 Somerset convertible, owned by me since 1963. Restoration completed 2004. Displayed at the 1952 Motor Show on the Carbodies stanf6.

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  31. Jose

    Austin a95 westminister 6 cilindros totalmente original venta de

  32. Peter Tozer.

    I worked for CompAir Broom & Wade Ltd – High Wycombe for 35 years.
    ( closed 2003) The company had a works fire engine, this I understand was an Austin Somerset 1950 ‘s A40 . I saw it only once in the early 1970’s. I am trying to find out what happened to it. I understand it was a works re-engineered vehicle based on the Somerset cab /chassis with solid side boards and no tail board.
    Can anyone help with a photo of any typical Somerset as a small truck.
    Apparently it was sold to a fire engine enthusiast ?

  33. Austin_49

    Hi, guys … I am in Brazil, trying to fit (restoring !) my Austin Devon A40. In fact I need a picture or drawing with illustration of the “support”to maintain opened the bonnet.
    Who can help me, please ?
    Thanks a lot.
    Flavio Fernandes.

    whatsapp +55 14.996830703, to add my contact.

  34. pistonbroke

    More from the rally

  35. pistonbroke

    Photos from the national rally at the national coalmining museum

  36. wurrs

    Hi Gayle,
    For £43 the BMIHT (British Motor Museum) will supply a Heritage Certificate containing info from the factory records they hold:-

  37. Gayle


    Was hoping someone can help point me in the right direction. I have a Somerset which is a new restoration project but wanting to find some historical info on the actual car itself. I have the engine, car numbers and the registration number. Any advice would be appreciated. .

  38. Harrie Coerwinkel

    Austin at speed of sound

  39. Paul

    Hi I need headlight trim rings if anyone would sell a pair-paul Eugene Oregon USA

  40. Tony Darmody

    My 1954 Austin Somerset restored for my daughters wedding in August 2017

  41. Harrie Coerwinkel

    at rest for a new year

  42. bribes

    Does anyone know of gearbox specialists in or near Merseyside,it is a column change Somerset that is giving selection problems,clutch seems to be OK but Im baffled.

  43. BorisMorris

    I am restoring an Austin K8. 3 way van , the rear end of the body was chopped off many years ago in order to fit a recovery crane. I have obtained all the panels including a pair of back doors but I would welcome some photos of the inside and under of the back end to help with our rebuild

  44. John pollock

    Some interesting cars on the West coast of New Zealand South Island that I stumbled across.

  45. phillip walters

    hi everyone im from llanelli west wales ive just found a old certificate of insurance from 1968 belonging to my late father he had a taxi business back then and for a short while owned a austin somerset reg no KAW 807 ive been wondering wether it survived and is known to anyone? in the club. it was black and had chrome hoods around the headlights i was only 6 when dad sold her in 1968 have fond memories of the car if anyone thinks the car is familiar to them please get in touch.

    thank you

    phillip walters


  46. Derek Osborne

    Hi – my father owned a somerset in the 60’s and I have vague memories of bouncing around unattached on a bench front seat. How would I find out if it is still in existence? my father died in 69 and it was sold a couple of years later – we think it was still on the road in Barry, South Wales in the early 80’s but didn’t see it after that. The reg was either OTG 717 or OTC 717 – can’t quite see on the photo I’m looking at. Cheers, Derek Osborne.

  47. Edward Williams

    Hello, I am new to this site but aim to be a regular. I have purchaced an old but very muched loved somerset A 40. I have been onto dvla but have not helped at all, I wanted some information about the car, JBK 133. Vin. 09253. I intend to spend my summer months enjoying the restoration. Can anyone help..kind regards Edward Williams..

  48. Harrie Coerwinkel

    Hello, maidentrip finisht with met 1953 Austin A 40 Somersetcoupe. I started this restauration-project in 2009

  49. mikesrods

    Here is my Somerset parts car. It’s badly rusted and shot up by teenage hoodlums but it’s great for a photo prop. I plan on using the chassis for my 53 Sports, which is badly rusted in the middle. I think the red neck hood (bonnet) ornament is rather nice. (I’m in North Carolina by the way if anyone needs a bonnet or other body parts)

  50. sportskayak

    Pål Sitje, Oslo, Norway says: Here is my Sports, used almost daily in the summer months. Not quite in class 1 condition, but getting close… Sadly the bumper over-riders are missing. A40 van and Devon use the same. Can anyone help?

  51. PCT1959

    This is Mine
    Had it a nearly three years.
    Overhauled complete braking system
    Overhauled Engine and replaced complete Wiring Harness

  52. Mr C Sumner-wilson

    My father’s 1953 Austin A70 convertible

  53. Daren Smith

    hello I’m currently re-building a 1952 a40 sports chassis is welded and running gear re-fitted now welding the body sections car was dismantled in the 80s so photos of the interior inc handbrake lever and engine bay would be much appreciated regards Daren

  54. Walliser Bruno

    Hanna und Bruno Walliser (Member No.3934) from Switzerland with our Austin Somerset Coupé 1953

  55. David

    Hi I have a 1946 Devon saloon and in middle of restoring it.
    I am in desperate need of two front wings and doors if anyone can help. Regards david

  56. Murray Hanifin

    I’ve got a 4 door a40 and looking for fibreglass dorset doors, anyone know where you can get them, austin works fibreglass don’t do anymore as I have emailed them. So just thought if anyone know where I could get some dorset doors, let me know

  57. Bruno Walliser

    my Austin A40 Somerset 1953

  58. Bruno Walliser

    Austin A40 Somerset Drophead Coupe 1953

  59. robert brady

    my Austin a40 sumerset

  60. Bruno Walliser

    Hanna and Bruno Walliser (Member No. 3934) at an Exit in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland with our Austin A40 Somerset 1953

  61. Bruno Walliser

    Austin Somerset A40 Drophead Coupé in Switzerland

  62. Neville Rowe

    Hi ,I live in Perth Western Australia , I own a number of Austin , 3 x A40 Tourers and as we call them an English UTE .
    I coming to England for holidays April next year and would very much like to see some Austin nuts like me on my tripe around the country side. I would like to see if I can find a A40 Dorset on my travel but as we all know this is a dream.
    Neville Rowe

  63. Geoff Levear

    this is as high as you can get on a road in Oregon
    Timberline Lodge 6000 ft above sea level on Mt Hood

  64. Simon GP Geoghegan

    There was a lovely Austin A40 Dorset 1948 at the Pershore Plum Festival on August 25th 2014

  65. Johann Mayer

    I bought this A 40 Sports in 2009. Meanwhile, after a complete rebuild of the engine and the complete refurbishment of the interior (leather was improper for our very hot climate in the south of Austria – whenever I got out of the car I was completely wet on my back!) and the two-tone colour scheme I think it looks quite good. I thank the ACCC for its help with all kinds of spares. Bay the way, it may not be completely up to the original but I like it, and so do many people who see it.

  66. Peter

    Am urgently looking for door seals for my Austin Princess VanDen Plas A135 Limousine from ‘ 62, who can help me please?

  67. PeteJS

    The club doesn’t own a stock of part-restored cars I’m afraid – nor do we typically seek to do so. Occasionally complete, but tatty, cars are purchased or (more often) donated, and are stripped for parts at our used spares store.

    I do know that our used spares rep. does currently have an A40 Countryman requiring a lot of restoration for sale – he’s sent an advertisement for the magazine, which is yet to be published. It may have been him, or perhaps someone he knows, that you spoke to, as he lives in the Kent area.

  68. Peter

    I think you may have been given slightly incorrect advice. From time to time it’s true to say that members and others advertise part-complete restorations, either via the club’s magazine, or the sales/wanted page on this site – but the club doesn’t purchase or hold such vehicles in our possession. Similarly, occasionally the club will purchase complete cars for stripping down for spares at our used spares store – but these would rarely be suitable for restoration.
    I know that our used spares rep has recently sent an advert for an A40 Countryman requiring a lot of restoration – though it’s not yet in the magazine nor on the website – it may be him (or someone who knows him) to whom you spoke as he lives in that area.

  69. Richard Thomas

    Hello, I am contacting you with regard to an unfinished project car I believe you may have in your clubs possession, that may be for sale. I recently met a gentleman in at supermarket car park, in Faversham Kent, who had a restored classic car that we spent some time admiring. He told me about your club, and suggested I contact you as he believed you had several old classic cars that may available for restoration. If this is the case, could you please contact me with details and any photographs you may have, as I am looking for a project to fulfill an ambition.
    Many thanks,
    Richard Thomas

  70. Dave Jones

    trying again

  71. Dave Jones

    My 51 A70 in Kangaroo Valley near Nowra NSW Australia

  72. Adam Brand

    Here is a photo of an Austin ‘Flying A’ tile we have just uncovered in our dealership from when we were Austin dealers in 1957, which we continued with through to the demise of MG Rover in 2005. We have just uncovered it while making alterations for the new MG franchise and thought it make interesting viewing.
    Kind Regards,
    Adam Brand – Sales Manager

  73. Harrie Coerwinkel

    My 1954 Austin Somerset saloon. Orig Englisch Registraton PNN-369
    At this moment I’m restoring a LHD 1953 Somersetcoupe

  74. bruno

    The badge…

  75. bruno

    The badge

  76. Alan

    2013 Rally, Longbridge

  77. Rob Robson

    Here’s my Morris and A-40/Users/Rob/Desktop/IMG_8138.JPG

  78. Joao Nobrega

    just cant upload a pic – heck

  79. Joao Nobrega

    this is 2

  80. Joao Nobrega

    this is

  81. Joao Nobrega

    This is Audrey- 1954. We have had her 3 months and are slowing getting to grips with the biblical task of restoring her. I got a facebook page up to share the joy… shortly be submitting a request to join the club. Audrey is running great and only all the interior to remake.

    Suggestions welcomed and appropriated. 2



  82. Joao Nobrega

    This is Audrey- 1954. We have had her 3 months and are slowing getting to grips with the biblical task of restoring her. I got a facebook page up to share the joy… shortly be submitting a request to join the club. Audrey is running great and only all the interior to remake.

    Suggestions welcomed and appropriated.



  83. David Lear

    My Somerset is no show winner. She is worse than many parts cars that you may all own, but she is ours and we love her to bits 🙂 Rosie Rust is her name.

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  86. mark fishpool

    Our three owners from new Austin A40 Devon 1951.
    Was purchased by a lady who lived in Cambridgeshire,she was driven around in the car by her personal driver.
    When she passed away the car then went into his ownership.
    It was then left to his elderly niece after he passed on, who had the car put back into perfect condition.
    She then decided to stop using it and we were deemed suitable new owners to look after the car until we no longer have the strength to climb aboard.!!!

    She is very original with no replacement panels,interior or major mechanical parts.

    A very roomy car ,which is a bit different to my other Austins…..Austin A30 Saloon,Austin A30 Van and Austin A35 Van.

  87. Hermann Egges

    This is how Holland looks like in spring.

  88. Hermann Egges

    This is how Holland looks like in spring on a sunny day.

  89. Hermann Egges

    Hi, I am the Austin 8 representative of the ACCC and am the Austin 8 register keeper.

    Below you will find our cars Aussie and Dot. The two cars are both rare. Aussie is our 1939 two tone two door four light saloon and DOT is our grey Tourer.

    For information about the Austin Eight in general, please feel free to contact me.

  90. Bruno


  91. Bruno

    My lovely Somerset in italian countriside

  92. Andy coe

    A more up to date pic of my Somerset.

  93. David

    another pic-

  94. David

    Austin Dorset, for sale next year.

  95. Alan Flowers

    Ex Rex White car, photo taken at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 25-08-12

  96. Alan Flowers

    Ex Rex White car still going strong, photo taken at Stoneleigh Warwickshire summer 2012

  97. Anthony Elliot

    Austin 8 tourer recently put back in to use

  98. bruno

    My ’52 A40 Somerset, in the south of Italy

  99. Alan

    A day at Sywell

  100. Andy Coe

    here’s a pic of my 53 Somerset…

  101. PeteJS

    Here’s a starter – a photo from last year’s annual rally at Sywell Aerodrome, Northants.

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