Austin overboard! When 22 cars were dumped into Vancouver's English Bay | Hagerty Media
The British-built Austin A40 made quite a splash in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1952. Twenty-two splashes, in fact. Right into English Bay. On purpose. Beginning in 1932, Vancouver auto dealer Fred Deeley served as the official distributor of Austin Motor Cars, and the partnership was so valuable that, at Deeley's urging, Austin began building a left-hand-drive model for export in 1948. https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/austin-overboard/
These preceded blinking turn signals, but never caught on in the US. On the European continent they were referred to as semaphores; in the UK they were "trafficators." Some were mechanically activated by Bowden cable, others were extended with an electromagnet.
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Great article and one I've never heard of. Our families first car was an Austin Cambridge back in the early 50's. The everyman's automobile. Yes, those vacuum pillar turn signals and wipers meant you had to take your foot off the gas when going up hill and turning in the rain...lol. Good memories. Thank goodness the Japanese came and made the auto industry take note and compete.
As both a classic car enthusiast and a avid scuba diver in western Canada, It would be interesting to dive these cars. I imagine that there isn't much left of them now. But it is still a good excuse to go for a dive. Unfortunately, my dive gear won't fit into my MGB.
Those A40s were very reliable cars for the most part.Thousands and thousands were sold around the world particularly since after WW2 Britain needed lots of money to recover from the destruction caused by the war, so exports were pushed as much as possible to generate money. The direction arms were called "trafficators" and they were electric , as were the wiper motors...... not vacuum.
The little turn signal arms that popped out from the body sides on Brit cars of the 50s were called - Trafficators. They were powered by a solenoid and needed TLC to keep them working . Initially they were a steady light , but for a short time before modern flashers came into being ,some guys made them flash. Before the trafficators it was all arm out the window signaling.
Take a real good look at the Austin A 40 beautiful Eyecatching flowing lines and it would be interesting to know their airresistance Factor ( or whatever its called) and to compare them with all those weird Modern designs that are claimed have a lack of styling because of regulations
Not the last time this sort of thing happened in Vancouver. In 1971, about 30 Datsun Pl510s arrived from Japan with some salt water damage. Nissan (Datsun) at the time decided to have the cars disassembled, keeping the drivetrains, wheels, tires and batteries and then destroying the bodyshells to avoid paying the import fees. I was part of a group of Datsun racers that participated in the destruction - mainly beating the crap out of them with sledgehammers. Two cars were given to the race team to build into road racing and off-roading vehicles - never to be registered for street use. One car became the Canadian National B Sedan Champion in October 1971.