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Austin A99 and A110 Westminster (1959 - 1968)

Last updated 20 October 2013

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

Introduction

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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