A Look At The Vintage Austin A30 & A35 British Motor Cars

Eamonn O’Neal and Nicky Fox take a look at some vintage British motor cars – the Austin A30 and the Austin A35, courtesy of members of the Austin Owners Club. Nester Warrel takes Nicky on a ride in her vintage model talking about how she got it and why attracted her to this car in particular. Eamonn finds out what distinguishes the A35 from the earlier A30 model, and goes through some of the improvements that were made to the later model.


1937 Horch 853

1937 Horch 853

August Horch began his own car company A. Horch and Cei, in 1899. He left the company in 1909 due to managerial differences with board members. He returned to the auto industry in 1932 when four companies Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer merged into Auto Union, beginning the four rings which symbolized the individual partners and which Audi is presently known for. The 853 model cars were built during this last tenure.

Horch 853’s and 853A’s were built on straight 8’s with 5 liters of displacement, yielding 100hp, the 853A had 120hp. Production numbers of Horch 853’s and 853A’s together total just under 1,000.

This Horch 853 appears to be the second only Horch ever to have been bodied by coachbuilder Volt and Rubrbeck. Volt and Rubrbeck was a German coachbuilder in business from 1920 until 1939. It bodied many of the best chassis from prestigious automobile firms such as Bugatti, Maybach, Mercedes Benz and Rolls Royce. The firm was destroyed during WWII from allied bombing raids and records were also lost.
Exhaustive efforts were made to restore this 853 to original standards, no part went un-researched as to authenticity or originality by the restoration team.

This was the "Best in Show Concours d’Elegance" winner in 2014 at Amelia Island.

Posted by John E Adams on 2014-04-09 23:43:14

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Anyone Can Clean Their Car, But What About Those Cloudy, Yellow Headlights?

It is a very common occurrence. We see then every day. Its like a disease – yellow, cloudy headlight lenses in drastic need of repair. I even saw them on cars at the local carwash. It befuddled me that these people would take such great care – washing, vacuuming the interior, removing the floor mats and even hand drying their cars, but they still had those yellowed, cloudy headlights. Its not just a problem on old, very used cars. It is prevalent on 2 – 3 year old cars also. It doesn’t matter if it is a Dodge, Ford, Mercedes, or a Porsche.

When questioned, most said they couldn’t afford, or didn’t want to pay the high prices of replacements from their local auto dealer. The average price for a pair of replacement plastic headlights at local auto dealerships was around $450 – that didn’t even include installation and alignment (that would be another $60-120). After market headlights do exist, but have received mixed reviews, and the savings aren’t that great, quality and fit is lagging, and then you still had to have them installed and aligned. And for what so you can do it again in another year or two?

There is another solution, there are headlight repair, cleaner and restorer kits available for under $30 (look up headlight cleaner and/or headlight restorer on Google), much less expensive than replacement lenses, and they work!

Plastic headlight lenses are the norm in the automotive industry now – every car has them. Some have fancy names like plexan and Lexan, but they all have the same problems. The sun, acid rain, harsh weather conditions, chemicals (brake fluid, power steering fluid, hot radiator fluids, hot water, harsh cleaners, etc…) will all cause the plastic lenses to degrade and weaken quickly. Some manufacturers have gone to including a protective film on the lenses. Regardless, they are all susceptible to this weakening and yellowing over time.

With these headlight repair, cleaner and restorer kits even junk yard car lenses have been repaired and restored to brand new (as evidenced on some websites). These same lenses used to be discarded and now have become new profit centers for salvage yards. The treatments are similarly applied to the exterior of the headlight lens where the damage is worst and it doesn’t take a mechanic to repair it.

These kits can easily be found under headlight cleaner and headlight restorer on Google. So now you know there is a very economic solution to the problem of yellow, cloudy, worn headlights – repair, clean and restore them to new again. There’s no excuse now to not have sparkling clean headlights. Car dealerships have been using these headlight repair, cleaner and restorer on their cars and you can too.…