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1955 Austin A 55 vs. 1978 Austin Allegro

To start off, 1978 Austin Allegro is newer by 23 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Austin A 55. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Austin A 55 would be higher. At 1,489 cc (4 cylinders), 1955 Austin A 55 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1978 Austin Allegro (59 HP) has 8 more horse power than 1955 Austin A 55. (51 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1978 Austin Allegro should accelerate faster than 1955 Austin A 55. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1955 Austin A 55 weights approximately 205 kg more than 1978 Austin Allegro.

Because 1955 Austin A 55 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1955 Austin A 55. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1978 Austin Allegro, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control.

Compare all specifications:

1955 Austin A 55 1978 Austin Allegro
Make Austin Austin
Model A 55 Allegro
Year Released 1955 1978
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 1275 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 51 HP 59 HP
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1055 kg 850 kg
Vehicle Length 4250 mm 4000 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1620 mm
Vehicle Height 1570 mm 1430 mm
Wheelbase Size 2530 mm 2450 mm


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