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Austin A99 and A110 Westminster (1959 - 1968)

Last updated 20 October 2013

Stylish Italianate styling, roomy and smooth engines
Indirect steering, wallowy handling


Applying the Pininfarina styling of the A55 and A60 Cambridge to the upscaled Westminster worked surprisingly well – in fact, it really suited the Westminster’s more imposing look. The previous pre-Farina Westminster had been a worthy car and the new A99 took the best bits from that model and improved upon them.

The C-series engine was enlarged to 3-litres and fitted with twin SU carburettors, the three-speed gearbox was given a stronger synchromesh and the front brakes were upgraded to servo-assisted discs, a first for an Austin saloon. In 1961, the Westminster was given a longer wheelbase to increase passenger room and give the car a more an impressive road presence. The following year, Austin added power steering and air-conditioning options. Later, in 1964, the A110 Westminster Mk II appeared with a four-speed gearbox, the finishing touch for a surprisingly impressive machine.

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