Thursday, 30 September 2010

Austin A70 Hampshire Countryman

The Austin A70 Hampshire Countryman I discovered at Goodwood features in Colin Peck's British Woodies 1920s-1950s, one of Veloce's splendid Those Were the Days series. It is on the jacket and inside, complete with badges, which it has since lost. The period badge bar remains. There is no room for badges on the flush fronts of cars nowadays. Shame really. They did add a bit of personal identity to a car. Apparently Papworth Industries made 900 of these handsome estate cars between 1947 and 1949. Only seven are believed to survive, of which MAS 867 is the only one roadworthy. The main picture on the jacket is a Ford Pilot - the Austin is hidden by the folded bit on the picture above.

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