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Austin: Sixteen

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1928. Austin 16/6. Reg No: BF 4320.
1929. Austin 16/6.
1929. Austin Burnham. 16/6. Reg No: SV 8842. (Registered in 1929 as AU 4841 in New Zealand).
1929. Austin 16/6. Reg No: SV 8842 (formerly AU 4841.)
1930. Austin 16/6. Reg No: TP 922.
1932. Austin 16/6 Tourer. Reg No: MV 1265.
1932. Austin 16/6. Reg No: GX 2341.
1933. Austin 16/6 Berkeley. Reg No: UN 5650.
1935 Austin 16 Berkeley. Reg No: NJ 3209.
Austin 16-6 Carlton Saloon. Reg No: FW 4968. Exhibit at Haynes Motor Museum.
1946. The one millionth car made. Exhibit at the Heritage Motor Centre.
1947. Austin 16. Reg No: JLF 33.
1948. Austin 16 BS1 Salon. Reg No: SMX 258.
1949. Austin 16. Reg No: KLM 270.
1949. Austin 16. 16 hp. Reg No: EJY 216.
1949. Austin 16. Reg No: ENT 618.

Note: This is a sub-section of Austin

  • Austin: Sixteen-Four 1945-49
  • Austin: Sixteen-Six 1927-36


Produced from 1945 to 1949. Around 35,400 were made.

The Austin 16HP was the first 'new' car to be produced by Austin following the Second World War. Apart from the name, it shared nothing with the pre war Austin 16.

Whilst it used a brand new 4 cylinder 2,199 cc, overhead-valve engine - the first to be used in an Austin car, it in fact used the pre-war body from the Austin 12, which continued to be produced, alongside the other pre-war saloons the 8 hp and the 10 hp. The 'hp' was not a true reflection of the power of the vehicle, instead it was the result of a calculation to determine the excise duty (road tax) payable for the vehicle. The engine in fact produced 67 bhp at 3,800 rpm.

The car shared a number of features in common with the famed London Taxi, one of which was the built-in hydraulic jacking system operated from a pump located under the bonnet.


The Austin 16 was a British car made by Austin between 1927 and 1936.

The car was introduced as a medium saloon in 1927 sitting above the 7 and 12 hp models but smaller than the 3.5 Litre 20. The six cylinder engine was new but had similarities to the one fitted to the 20 with timing chain at the rear of the block. The car was up to date with the gearbox mounted in-unit with the engine and semi elliptic springs all round for the suspension. Safety glass was fitted from 1929.

In 1934 the gearbox gained synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gears and a larger engined (2,511 cc) Austin 18 model was added.

An early automatic gearbox was available between 1934 and 1936 but few sold.

The car could reach 60 mph and return 21 miles per imperial gallon depending on the body fitted.

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