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 Austin A50 Cambridge Saloon B131
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As a result of another technological tie-up, the Austin A40 Somerset saloon was assembled in 1953 under the instruction of two British engineers, Bailey and Bayless. The proportion of domestically produced parts increased until 1956, at which point all production had been brought inside Japan. This also coincided with the model change to the A50 in Britain. The main characteristics of the Austin A50 Cambridge saloon were its contemporary styling, special unitary body construction, powerful engine (1500 cc, 50 hp), smooth hydraulic clutch, hypoid bevel gears (which gave it a stable driving performance and comfortable ride), and roomy interior. The A50 was 6 cm longer but 8 cm lower and 5 cm narrower than the A40. Even so, it had an interior that was wider by 4 cm, which enabled the seats to be widened and the distance between the front and rear seats to be increased. The A50 also featured completely new body styling.
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Storage location:NISSAN ZAMA MEMORIAL WAREHOUSE (2-5000, Hironodai, Zama-shi, Kanagawa-ken 228-0012)
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Year manufactured:1960
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Manufacturer:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:In storage: not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Austin 50 Cambridge Saloon
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Model name:B131
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Company name:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1960
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Designed by:Austin Motor Company
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Vehicle type/usage:Passenger car
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Zama (B131)
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Model / Weight
Style:Sedan
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Number of doors:4
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Passenger capacity:6
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Vehicle weight:1,050 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:All steel unitary construction
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Bumpers:Steel
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Step:None
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Overall length:4120 mm
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Overall width:1580 mm
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Overall height:1570 mm
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Tire size:5.60-15-6P
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Frameless
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Front axle:Wishbone type
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Rear axle:3/4 floating type
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Wheelbase:2510 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1220×1240 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Cam and lever type
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Dampers:Hydraulic pressure type
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Stabilizer:Rear torsion bar type
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Engine / Size / Power
Engine name:1H type
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Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 4-cylinder
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Valve train:OHV
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Carburetor:Stromberg type
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Bore x stroke:73.025×89 mm
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Displacement:1489 cc
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Ignition system:Battery coil type
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Max. power/r.p.m.:50 ps/4400 rpm
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Max. torque/r.p.m.:10.2 kgm/2100 rpm
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Supercharger:None
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Variable ignition system:None
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Fuel tank capacity:37 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:4-speed
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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