Austin A40/A50/A55 Cambridge (1954 – 1958) Review

Austin A40/A50/A55 Cambridge (1954 – 1958) At A Glance


+A popular classic with thriving club support and parts supply

-Despite new 'chassisless' design, cumbersome and slow to drive - in standard form

The 1954 Cambridge range of saloons was a big leap forward technologically for Austin. For a start, it saw the end of the old separate chassis models, and ushered in the A30's 'chassisless' construction into the larger scale models.

The power for these four-cylinder cars remained as before, with the B-Series engine forming the backbone of the range. Entry-level was the A40, which used the 1200cc 42bhp engine from the Somerset, while the A50 had the newly-enlarged 1489cc B-series unit and 50bhp. The four-door saloon was also available in Deluxe form, which introduced additional chrome and leather to the package.

The A55 succeeded both types in 1957, with a bigger boot, vestigial fins and a larger back window. In van and pick-up form, these models lasted until 1971.

Ask Honest John

How can I trace my old Austin A55 without the reg number?

"I owned an Austin A55 until the early 60s. I would love to find the reg number. DVLA can't (won't) help. Who can?"
This site might be able to help, though you'll find it much easier if you can remember the registration number:
Answered by Dan Harrison
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