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1955 Austin A 55 vs. 1980 Austin Princess

To start off, 1980 Austin Princess is newer by 25 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 1,700 cc (4 cylinders), 1980 Austin Princess is equipped with a bigger engine. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1980 Austin Princess weights approximately 105 kg more than 1955 Austin A 55.

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, 1980 Austin Princess, 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 1980 Austin Princess
Make Austin Austin
Model A 55 Princess
Year Released 1955 1980
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1489 cc 1700 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Horse Power 51 HP 0 HP
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Vehicle Weight 1055 kg 1160 kg
Vehicle Length 4250 mm 4460 mm
Vehicle Width 1570 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1570 mm 1420 mm
Wheelbase Size 2530 mm 2690 mm


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