Written on: 01/10/2007 by austindevon (1 review written)
In original form these cars are very good. They keep up with modern "round town" traffic if fitted with the higher ratio diff head. Very robust and reliable old cars. High seating gives good view of road ahead. Rear side windows are on an angle to make looking through backwards easy. Mechanically sound in all respects.
Hard to access distributor. 16 inch tyres are expensive to purchase here in New Zealand. Nothing else wrong with car!
I have had over 15 A40 Devons, and I've found them to be a very simple car to work on. I've changed the suspension in mine to the later A50 and A60 Cambridge type because 16-inch tyres are very costly in this country (New Zealand). The slightly wider and smaller tyres will provide better handling. Many suspension parts from the later Austins, like the Cambridge range and the later BMC cars are interchangeable. Not only that, but wheel cylinders from Ford Escorts, Starter motors from PA Vauxhalls, Pressure Plates from Morris Minor 1100's and Clutch Plates from certain Hillmans and Morris Oxfords are all the same as standard fitment to our Devons! Amazing? Not really. Just pure logic! The A40 Devon is a pretty incredible car when you think about it.