Austin A60 (Cambridge)
Bright sparks of the '60s
FACTS AND FIGURES:
Built: A55 Mark II/Oxford V: 1959-61
• A60: 1961-69 • Oxford VI: 1961-71
Bodywork: Four-door saloon, five-door estate
Engines: Overhead valve, in-line four-cylinder • A55 Cambridge/Oxford V: 1489cc, 53 bhp • A60 Cambridge/Oxford VI: 1622cc, 61 bhp
Top speed: 1489cc: 80 mph • 1622cc: 82 mph
0-60 mph: 1489cc: 24 sec • 1622cc: 21 sec
Typical fuel consumption: 27-35+ mpg
Rough, £250. Good,
£1,200-£2,000. Top notch, £3,000+
Rough, £400. Good, £1,500-£2,500. Top notch, £4,000+
Check too for very low oil pressure. With the engine fully warmed up, the oil pressure gauge (a standard fitting) should indicate around 50psi at normal road speeds. Listen for rumbling from the bottom end of the engine too (indicating worn crankshaft/bearings), and ensure that the oil pressure builds up rapidly from a cold start.
Assess manual transmissions for weak synchromesh and noisy gearbox bearings. On versions equipped with Bog Warner automatic transmission, check for smooth ratio changes and ensure that the transmission fluid is clean and at the correct level.
These models need to have the front suspension re-greased regularly (ideally every 1,000 miles or so), or the king pins and bushes, and the lower fulcrum pins, can wear badly, eventually resulting in MOT test failure. Rectification is a time-consuming job and can be costly.
Enjoyable user-friendly and still practical family classics.
Values estimated at July 2008.
Stylish, comfortable and dependable, the mid-range Cambridge models from Austin, and equivalent Oxfords from Morris, take some beating today as practical classics. Kim Henson looks closely at these family favorites.
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