Car & Classic Dealer

Craner Classics

Ruddington Nottinghamshire

1954 Austin A40 Somerset SOLD

Our latest offering is an immaculately-presented Austin A40 Somerset, first registered on 19. 1. 1954. The car has an incredible history file with receipts, paperwork and letters of correspondance, with the car's history documented in minute detail from 1954 to the present day. There is even the original bill of sale and original insurance documents.

Registered in 1954, the car's first owner was a spinster schoolmistress who owned it right up until the year 2000. She then sold it to a gentleman on the condition that he would take her out on Sundays for a drive as she had now given up driving! She called the car Black Beauty.

The file contains the original bill of sale - bought from Hargreaves and Bailey Ltd's showroom at 39-41 King Street, Blackpool, and costing £706 10 shillings and fourpence. The paperwork also includes an original insurance document from 1954 costing £17 15 shillings; both documents are in incredible condition with no tears whatsoever.

This Somerset boasts a remarkable history file, at one point in its life registered to a professor. History files do not come like this very often.

The interior, carpets, and roof lining are all in absolutely tip-top condition. It still contains its original tool kit, even the tyres have all been replaced with classic Michelin ones at great expense, not the cheap budget tyres.

If you're looking for a quality classic car, all chrome work bumpers, grill door handles, etc, have been done and they really do complement the black coachwork.

Some of these Austin A40 Somersets have worn gearchanges because all the linkages have decayed, but this one goes into gear ever so smoothly and faultlessly.
The underneath of the car is rock solid too. I have driven this car through our local country roads and it's a real pleasure!

The car currently sports a set of almost new Michelin tyres, as well as a new headlining and new door cards. New carpets throughout, and a new made-to-rit black vinyl rubber boot lining. The car features working semaphore indicators along with the modern flashing type.

The gleaming black paintwork set off by the excellent chromwork and with new fitted raised-digit period-style number plates everything about the car is as it would have been when it left the factory, presented in excellent overall condition, difficult to find in such unmolested original condition.
The car even bears its original cream wing piping.

The pictures we have taken of this car honestly do not do it justice.
Complete with the original owner's manual and with such a fascinating history file, cars like this very rarely come up for sale, especially in such outstanding condition.

Has to be seen up close to be properly appreciated.

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