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For the Austin 16 of 1927-1937, see Austin 16.

The Austin Sixteen (also Austin 16) is a 2.2-litre motor car that was built by Austin from 1945 until 1949. It was the first 'new' car to be produced by Austin following the end of the Second World War. Apart from the name, it shared nothing with the pre war Austin 16.

Austin Sixteen
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Austin Sixteen 1948
35,434 made
Body and chassis
Body style4-door saloon
4-door estate [1]
Engine2199 cc 4-cylinder overhead-valve
67 bhp[2]
Transmission4-speed manual[3]
Wheelbase104.5 in (2,654 mm)[2]
track 56 in (1,422 mm)
Length171 in (4,343 mm))
Width67 in (1,702 mm)
Kerb weight27 cwt, 3,024 lb (1,372 kg)[3]
PredecessorAustin 16, Austin 18
SuccessorAustin A70
Austin 2.2-litre ohv
Also calledUsed in Austin 25 cwt van
Austin London Taxicab and Hire Car
Austin Champ
Austin A70
Austin A90 Atlantic
Austin-Healey 100[3]
Displacement2,199 cc (134 cu in)[3]
Cylinder bore79.3 mm (3.12 in)[3]
Piston stroke111 mm (4.4 in)[3]
ValvetrainOverhead valves[3]
Compression ratio6.85:1[3]
Fuel systemZenith 41 VI-8 downdraught carburettor[3]
Power output67 bhp (50 kW; 68 PS)
@3,800 rpm
tax horsepower 15.6[3]

Whilst it used a brand new 4-cylinder 2199 cc, overhead-valve engine—the first to be used in an Austin car, it in fact used the chassis and body of the pre-war Austin 12, which continued to be produced, alongside the other pre-war saloons the 8 hp and the 10 hp. The number Sixteen was not an indication of the actual power output of the engine but rather the result of a calculation used to determine the excise duty (road tax) payable for the vehicle. The engine in fact produced 67 bhp (50 kW) at 3800 rpm. The car shared a number of features with the famed London Taxi, one of which was the built-in hydraulic jacking system operated from a pump located under the bonnet.

The Sixteen had a healthy turn of speed for its day with a maximum quoted speed of 75 mph (121 km/h). In the bitterly cold winter of 1947 Alan Hess and a team of drivers with 3 Austin Sixteen vehicles undertook a publicity run on behalf of the Austin Motor Company to visit seven Northern European Capitals in seven days. Despite extraordinary travel difficulties caused by heavy snow, the vehicles completed the adventure successfully, and the story is related in Alan Hess's book, Gullible's Travels.

Steering was by a cam and lever system which provided a dual ratio to ease parking. Suspension was all elliptic (overslung in front, underslung at the rear) with rigid beam axles all controlled by Luvax-Girling double acting hydraulic shock absorbers—a transverse torsion bar linking both pairs. Brakes by Girling were mechanical using a wedge and roller system in 11 inch drums with twin leading shoes in the front drums.[3]


  1. ^ Austin Woodies, Retrieved 29 March 2016
  2. ^ a b Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Austin Times Vol 1, Issue 1, April 2003

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