A90 / A95 Westminster 1954-1959
A90 / A95 Westminster 1954-1959
Press Release 19 October 1955
AUSTINÔøΩS MOTOR SHOW SURPRISE.
Completely New High Performance Saloon Announced.
As a last-minute Motor Show surprise Austin toÔøΩday (October 19th) announce a completely new saloon which is remarkable for its low price and high performance. Named the 'A.90 Six Westminster' its ex.Works price in Great Britain is ÔøΩ558 plus ÔøΩ233. 12s. 6d. P.T. for the Standard model and ÔøΩ588 plus ÔøΩ246. 2s. 6d. for the De-Luxe model. Although powered by a six cylinder engine, it costs fifty pounds less than the four-cylinder A.70 ÔøΩHerefordÔøΩ which it replaces.
The key to the ÔøΩWestminster's" smooth 90 m.p.h. performance can be obtained from its specification -the 2,639 c.c. O.H.V. power unit develops 85 b.h.p. at 4,000 r.p.m. and its maximum torque of 150 lbs. ft. at 2,000 r.p.m. yet the complete car weighs only 26 cwt.
These facts give it great flexibility and smoothness, good pulling power at all speeds, and vivid acceleration. The same safe handling qualities which have already excited so much favourable comment in the new A.40-A.50 ÔøΩCambridgeÔøΩ are present in this car. The steering is light and positive, visibility excellent, and the brakes and headlamps fully match its performance potential.
Prototypes have undergone extensive testing both at home and abroad including a thousand miles of the Belgian pavÔøΩ track at the Motor Industry Research Association Proving Ground.
The ÔøΩWestminsterÔøΩ bears a family resemblance to the ÔøΩCambridgeÔøΩ but quite apart from its greater size has many individual styling features. Chromium ÔøΩflashesÔøΩ emphasise its pleasing lines and its roomy interior is very fully and luxuriously equipped. The Standard model has seats trimmed in P.V.C.-coated fabric; floor covered with rubber mat at front, carpet at rear; single sun visor and a single horn; with heater, radio and electric clock as optional extras. The De Luxe model has heater; seat facings of hide; carpets front and rear; armrests; twin sun visors; locking glove box lid; twin horns; chromium mouldings; and bumper overriders; with a radio and electric clock as extras.
Like the ÔøΩCambridgeÔøΩ the car has unitary construction, but it is a five/six seater and all models have four doors. Colour choices include: Chestnut; Phoenix Beige; Spruce Green and Black.
From the brochure:
ÔøΩLovely to look at, with its exciting new styling, the Austin A105 saloon presents a delightfully graceful appearance on all occasions.
Following on the super-luxury standard set by its predecessor, the interior of this latest model from Austin of England is fully equipped and superbly upholstered for the lasting comfort of its occupants. Radio, heater and overdrive are offered as extra items of equipment when required.
And not just good to look at either, for the A105 has a powerful O. H .V. six-cylinder twin-carburetter engine producing an output in the region of 102 b.h.p.! This quite definitely permits quick getaway, smooth powerful hill-climbing and high cruising speeds in safe, super road-holding comfort.ÔøΩ