1949 Austin A90 - Rally Car?

Photographed in August 2018 at Gosford Classic Cars, NSW, Australia

I'm really not sure I can think of too many cars that I'd be LESS likely to pick to go rallying in than this 1949 Austin A90 Sedan!

Whilst the Austin was a pretty decent work-horse back in it's day, and provided solid daily transport for a whole new generation of families, it wasn't renowned for being a performance vehicle in any way.

So how did we get to this? The Austin A90 was released initially as a 4-seater convertible, back in 1948. Production started in late 1949, making our one-of-a-kind model here a very early example.

Power is from a 2,660cc inline 4 Cylinder, which produces 88hp.

First built to race in the legendary Redex Trials around Australia, the A90 subsequently competed in numerous International and Australian Rallies, still being used in Club and Historic events to this day, and is still certified to race in Historic events.

It has raced across the desolate Nullarbor Plains a total of 15 times! I would think twice about doing that in a modern car!

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