1960 Austin A40 Farina Countryman MK I 948cc. Farina Grey with a black roof and blue carpets and upholstery. Launched by BMC in 1958 to replace the highly successful Austin A35, the A40 Farina was a strikingly modern car with clean, functional lines penned by Pininfarina of Italy. This beautiful A40 has been cherished and loved with no expense spared. In the midst of all this, BMC introduced their Countryman version in 1959, with what was to be one of the world’s first commercially successful hatchbacks, although the term hatchback didn’t come into common parlance until the early 1970s. Distinguished by its slightly smaller rear side windows and altered roofline, it offered rear passengers a bit more headroom and almost estate car carrying capacity, thanks to its lift-up rear window and flop-down tailgate. Although a popular option at the time, the low survival rate of Countrymans makes them quite a rarity today. Well known to the A40 register, its previous owner had been a leading light in the club and had owned it from 1995 until his passing in 2013. It has been featured in several books, including ‘Cars’ by Stephen Bayley and ‘The Last Real Austin’ by Colin Peck both of which are with the car. The Austin has just received a fresh MOT and no advisories were recorded. The car starts on the button and is a real joy to drive performing exactly as it should. In summary if you want one of the best available then this is well worth a look. We think this is a car that any collector or enthusiast would be pleased to own. Absolutely any inspection is welcome. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Please contact us for any further information. Delivery to mainland UK included in the asking price. Shipping can be arranged.