Key facts

1959 Austin A55 Cambridge information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4458 mm
How heavy?
1118 kg
What size engine?
1.5 litre, 1489 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
56 PS / 55 bhp / 41 kW @ 4350 rpm
How much torque?
How fast?
122 km/h, 76 mph


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1959 Austin A55 Cambridge technical specifications


The A55 Cambridge is a rear wheel drive saloon (sedan) automobile with a front placed engine, from Austin.
The Austin A55 Cambridge's engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 1.5 litre, overhead valve 4 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 55 bhp (56 PS/41 kW) of power at 4350 rpm.
Stated weight at the kerb is 1118 kg.
Its maximum speed claimed is 122 km/h or 76 mph.
1959 Austin A55 Cambridge data
1959 Austin A55 Cambridge data
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2521 99.3
Track/tread (front)
Track/tread (rear)
Length 4458 175.5
Width 1613 63.5
Height 1518 59.8
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.77
Kerb weight 1118 kg 2465 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 45.5 litres 10 UK Gal 12 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Austin
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.5 litre
1489 cc
(90.864 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 73.03 × 88.9 mm
2.88 × 3.5 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.82
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 56 PS (55 bhp) (41 kW)
at 4350 rpm
Specific output 36.9 bhp/litre
0.61 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
Specific torque
Engine construction
compression ratio 8.3:1
Fuel system 1 SU carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 372.25 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 15.7 s
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile 23 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 122 km/h (76 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 49.88 PS/g
36.68 kW/g
49.19 bhp/ton
0.02 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 27.26 kg/kW
45.53 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.55
general ID50369
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 13.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1959 Austin A55 Cambridge added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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