Austin A40 Sports - Colours & Trim

I don't know of a comprehensive list of body colours available during the production run of the Austin A40 Sports. To complicate things Austin has changed the available colours during the two and a half years the car was produced at least twice.

Late 1950 launch colours were: Ming Blue, Apple Green, Cream and Black (thanks to Austin historian Norman Milne for this information).

For November 1952 the Austin Service Journal lists: Apple Green, Romney Blue, Azure Blue Metallichrome, Steel Dust Gray, Bahamas Cream, Ming Blue, Peacock Blue, Sky Blue, Sports Fawn and Black.

Based on this and other information like a number of contemporary VALSPAR cellulose colour swatches I compiled the following chart:

 
 

Austin A40 Sports colours

There seem to be very few surviving cars that still have their original interior, so based on pictures, plausible original trim variants might have been:

 

Burgundy upholstery with cream piping and red carpets

 

Black upholstery with cream piping and gray carpets

 

Gray upholstery with burgundy piping and gray carpets

 

Beige upholstery with beige/green/blue piping and fawn carpets

 

Front seats on my car are covered in real leather, the back bench in a thicker type of leathercloth. There is a comtemporary ad claiming these materials were supplied by Connolly. Sides were trimmed with a thinner type of Rexine leathercloth. The Floor is covered with a Wilton type Hessian backed carpet with Rexine edge bindings.