The Austin Motor Company was a British manufacturer of cars and lorries that rose to be a major motorcar brand, the dominant partner after a merger with Morris in 1952 but declining after absorption into the British Leyland Motor Corporation, and its subsequent troubles.
Between 1930 and 1950 the Austin Motor Company also built a variety of light commercial vehicles at their factory in Longbridge, nr Birmingham.
By 1982, most of the car division of the by now somewhat shrunken British Leyland (BL) company was rebranded as the Austin Rover Group, with Austin acting as the "budget" and mainstream brand to Rover's more luxurious models. In 1986 Austin Rover's holding company then became Rover Group plc and was privatised by selling it to British Aerospace (BAe).
The rights to the Austin name passed to British Aerospace and then to BMW when each bought the Rover Group. The rights were subsequently sold to MG Rover, created when BMW sold the business.
1948 Austin K2
1948 Austin K2 on show at Toowoomba Show Grounds, Australia in 2006.
I used this truck on interstate transport. Cheap to buy and cheap to run, but too light really. Note...