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Austin America 1300 | 1968


The Austin America: a joint design effort between Pininfarina and Sir Alec Issignios, designer of the Mini. It was built in the UK by the British Motor Corporation and badged as the ‘America’ for export to the USA. The America was imported for 4 years with the aim of stealing some of the VW Beetle’s marketshare, but it quickly gained a reputation for being unreliable. The trouble was that the engine and transmission sat on top of one-another and shared the same oil sump. So when one of the two failed it usually led to the demise of both. This is one of the last few left on the road, defying the odds some 4 decades later.


Austin America, street-parked in Alamo Square. San Francisco, CA.