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Austin A40 Somerset

My first ever car was a Somerset. I got chatting to the owner of this one. His first car had been a Somerset too. He bought this a couple of years ago and it has only done about 10000 miles....and it dates back to 1954!

 

He has the original sales invoice and also the certificate and guarantee for the underseal. The underseal guarantee is for life and he contacted 3M (I think it was) and they said they would still honour the guarantee! 

 

 

Austin A40 Somerset

My first ever car was a Somerset. I got chatting to the owner of this one. His first car had been a Somerset too. He bought this a couple of years ago and it has only done about 10000 miles....and it dates back to 1954!

 

He has the original sales invoice and also the certificate and guarantee for the underseal. The underseal guarantee is for life and he contacted 3M (I think it was) and they said they would still honour the guarantee! 

 

 

comments (16)

i love the gleaming face of this vehicle, Bill. even the fender is reflected on the paint (bottom right)
Bill Phillips: It was in wonderful condition Ayush
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Nov 2019, 00:46
Love it!

And I recall that hole in the bumper bar for the crank handle.
Bill Phillips: It was indeed although I never had to crank the one I had!
A fine condition its in Bill.
Bill Phillips: It was immaculate Frank
Jolie calandre.
Bill Phillips: and not a speck of rust on it Martine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2019, 06:42
I remember these so well, along with underseal, a process I had forgotten about entirely..
Bill Phillips: I hadn't realised that underseal was around in the fifties
OMG. That's totally impressive, Bill...and from 1954 (the year Astrid was born!).
Bill Phillips: I loved the one I had.....but I guess you always love your first car.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2019, 07:19
What a glittering, proud car- even the green grasses are reflected.
Bill Phillips: It was in lovely condition. I loved my Somerset.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Nov 2019, 07:31
I have heard of the Austin A40 Bill but had no idea that it was called a Somerset. I would ha e been inclined to buy one if I could. I can just imagine you with one of these.
Bill Phillips: The one before this was called the Devon..My dad had one of them!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2019, 07:37
That is some story, Bill
Bill Phillips: I was very envious!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Nov 2019, 08:45
That is amazing, Bill. I am from 65 so I know this car will have some more good years, smile
Bill Phillips: Like this car you are well maintained Astrid gringrin
What a gleaming beauty! I like those little round side lights on the wings......nice touches smile
Bill Phillips: As I recall they cast very little light!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Nov 2019, 09:52
My father had a Somerset, too. The crank handle was a common feature of cars at the time.
Bill Phillips: By then it was almost obsolete I never had to crank mine!
It looks in good condition. I remember back when we were young and having first cars etc. having them undersealed was a big thing and selling point.
Bill Phillips: It was in amazing condition Brian. I remember undersea. My mother had a Triumph Herald that was undersealed from new. I hadn't realised they were doing t in the early 50s though
Wow! My elderly neighbour of mine in another place and time had an old Buick in fer garage. Her husband bought a new car, died, and she did not drive. |Her son, whom I did not know, inherited it apon her death.

This example is really well kept - *Gleaming*!
Bill Phillips: It is beautifully kept. Friends of mine have her Dad's old car that he owned from new and hadn't used for many years ( he was over 100 when he died) They couldn't bear to get rid of it and they still have it in their garage and give it a run out now and then. It is a Morris 1000 traveller....I had one too many years ago!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 11 Nov 2019, 17:33
not familiar with this particular make and model, but i love the green color. it's the same as my 1960 Volkswagen that i sold a couple of years ago.

love, love the chrome and reflections
Bill Phillips: The best known Austin in the US was probably the Austin Atlantic....and I don't think the was a great success!
A very nicely maintained car.
Bill Phillips: It was lovey and I would have loved to have driven it

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