• No.013

Austin A40 Somerset Saloon (1953 : B30)

Sedan

Specifications

Overall length
4,050mm
Overall width
1,600mm
Overall height
1,630mm
Wheelbase
2,350mm
Curb weight
1,020kg
Engine
Type 1G (4-cyl. in line, OHV)
Engine Displacement
1,197cc
Engine Max. power
31kW (42PS)/4,500rpm
Top speed
109km/h
Seating capacity
4
  • Note:First model off the production line

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Austin A40 Somerset Saloon(1953: B30)

Production of passenger cars was restricted by GHQ after WW2, but GHQ lifted the ban in 1949. Nissan entered a technology partnership with Austin Motor Co. Ltd. of UK in 1952. Austin was chosen because it was skilled at developing smallsize cars and was predominant in the US market at that time.
Job-1 car of “A40 Somerset Saloon” by Nissan came off the line at the Austin factory in Yokohama in April 1953, and the release exhibition was held on 8th May with Minister of International Trade and Industry and British Ambassador to Japan among guests.
This car is the genuine car of No.1 off the line. The partnership between Nissan and Austin continued until 1959.