Austin 15 hp

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For the 1906 Austin of a similar name, see Austin 15/20.
15 hp Wellington tourer 1912

The Austin 15 hp was a motor car manufactured by the British Austin Motor Company, sold between 1908 and 1915.

The original 15 hp, of which 213 were produced, was sold between 1908 and 1910.[1] It was powered by a 4-cylinder 2½-litre (2539 cc) monobloc engine, the only pre-war model to have one with a 3.5-inch (89 mm) x 4-inch (100 mm) stroke and three-bearing crank-shaft.

A revised 15 hp model was introduced in 1911, losing the monobloc design, but with an increased stroke of 4.5 inches (110 mm), 2838 cc, side-valve T-head engine design,[2] and was actually rated at 19.6 hp. Austin manufactured 688 of these more powerful models.[3] It had a four-speed gearbox with cone clutch, shaft and bevel-drive back axle. Suspension was provided by semi-elliptic leaf springs at the front and Austin-patent full-elliptic leaf springs at the rear. Brakes were by rear wheel drum and transmission brakes. The wheels were wooden artillery style wheels with Michelin detachable rims, 815 x 105 beaded-edge tyres. In 1913, a powered chassis with tyres was available for £350.[4]

As with many Austins of the period it was available in a wide range of bodies, including a two-seater "Harrogate" (with single rear dicky seat), a two-seater "Ascot", a four-seater "Westminister Landaulet" or "Levee Single Landaulet"[5] and a snub-nose "Town Carriage" with an open driver and closed passenger layout.[6] A four-seat open tourer was only available until 1910.


  1. ^ "Austin 15 h.p.". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "1911 AUSTIN 15hp 'HARROGATE' TWO-PLUS-ONE SEATER". Christies. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Austin 15 h.p. (1911)". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ ges/7/7b/Im1913Autocar-Austin.jpg "Austin advertisement". The Autocar. 10 May 1913. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Austin Pre World War 1". Austin – 50 years of progress. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Austin 15hp 4-cylinder snub nosed Town Carriage 1911". Motorgraphs. Retrieved 9 August 2012.