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1960 Austin A55 Cambridge MkII [ADO9A]

1960 Austin A55 Cambridge MkII [ADO9A] in Jason King, TV Series, 1971-1972 IMDB Ep. 1.12

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1960 Austin A55 Cambridge MkII [ADO9A]

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


johnfromstaffs EN

2016-04-07 08:46


BMC Farina of the first series, 1959 to 1961.
Number plate indicates Middlesex County Council, allocated in blocks of 1,000 commencing at 1000 MH in June 1960.
Position of the overriders confirms first series.

That's the easy bit, now, not a Wolseley, it doesn't seem to have the taller fins.
Not a Riley or an MG, it doesn't appear to have the reflectors under the rear lamp housings.
Not a Morris, it doesn't have the vertically split rear lights.
Therefore possibly an Austin A55 Cambridge Mk II, although it doesn't say so above the chrome trim on the boot lid.
I wonder why?

-- Last edit: 2016-04-07 09:01:57

nzcarnerd NZ

2016-04-07 10:27


Note something a little uncommon in the background - a big Opel of some sort - Admiral/Diplomat or ? I guess not common in the UK. My only knowledge of them is from reading an article, not-too-long-ago, in Classic and Sports Car magazine.

-- Last edit: 2016-04-09 08:43:49

Danzie UK

2016-04-07 13:15


If it helps, this car had large cream wedge down the sides.

dsl SX

2016-04-07 18:15


Definitely Cambridge-only ADO9A rear lights with 3 bands above ridged moulding. But I had to check as my first reaction was Oxford S5 ....

And the Opel KAD behind - a posh one with vinyl and side trim so Diplomat?? - is very rare sighting in UK. Never properly sold here so foreign visitor or maybe factory special import.

Sunbar UK

2016-04-07 21:55


^Almost certainly an overseas visitor I would think.

AFAIK the Opel Diplomat (also Kaptain or Admiral) were never even evaluated by the importing GM division (which was totally separate from Vauxhall Motors Ltd). By the early 1970s the KAD cars were already a bit of a white elephant; in Opel they had a few cars for executive transport purposes (possibly six in total) all dark blue. Production volumes were very low and it had already been determined they would not be replaced by newer models. Also they were never intended for RHD, so VM are also unlikely to have considered them.

-- Last edit: 2016-04-07 21:55:53

dsl SX

2016-04-07 22:06


RHD KADs did exist - we have a couple from HK and odd places like Thailand. But foreign visitor makes much more sense.

Sunbar UK

2016-04-07 22:23


^ True for KAD-A but my experience relates to 1970 onwards with the Opel KAD-B.

I cannot remember for sure (its a long time ago now) but in general discussions with Opel personnel I think that RHD KAD-B was thought to be impracticable.

I had the opportunity to be transported into and out of Opel Russelsheim in a Diplomat a few times and they were frequently discussing them and how they were supposed to be (unsuccessfully) targeting Mercedes-Benz.

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