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#1 2014-11-11 22:10:22

Chris Bates
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12/4 or 12/6

I am thinking of buying an Austin 12 after several years of Morris Minors!  Which is the best model to get, the 12/4 or 12/6.  I'm not looking for a sports car but it would be nice to be able to cruise at 50-55 mph or is that wishful thinking?

Many thanks

Chris

#2 2014-11-13 22:26:39

6350_William_French
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From: North Shields, Tyne and Wear
Registered: 2013-01-04
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Re: 12/4 or 12/6

Hi Chris

Peoples opinions vary on this subject.  If you are looking for a chrome rad 12/4 or 12/6 (1934 or before) the 12/4 engine was supposed to be the more reliable and have a reasonable amount of torque.  The 12/6 is definitely a smoother engine but does not have any more power than the 12/4.
Try and find a 12/6 with the larger 1711cc engine, the smaller 1496cc 12/6 engine is a bit gutless.
With either engine 45mph is a more realistic cruising speed.
Some people would steer you towards a heavy 12/4.  The two cars I have been referring to are both classed as light 12s
There is quite a good explanation of the heavy and light 12/4 & 12/6s on a number of club websites including this one.
There are quite a few 12s for sale on the Cars and Classics website

Last edited by 6350_William_French (2014-11-13 22:55:39)


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#3 2014-11-19 12:23:53

Chris Bates
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Re: 12/4 or 12/6

Hi William,

Thanks for the information.  It's just what I was looking for.  In terms of cruising speed, there does not seem to be much difference between the Ten and 12 so as garage space is a bit tight I may start looking for a Ten. 

Thanks again,

Regards,

Chris

#4 2014-11-20 00:42:42

6350_William_French
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From: North Shields, Tyne and Wear
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Re: 12/4 or 12/6

Hi Chris

If you are looking for an Austin that will cruise at 50 - 55mph you could look at a Austin Greyhound or Kempton.  They were supposed to be the sports models of the Austin 12/6.
I think they started production in 1937.  The problem would be finding one!  Rare as hens teeth!

Good luck from Bill


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#5 2014-12-26 12:41:07

Anthony Mealing
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Re: 12/4 or 12/6

Chris Bates wrote:

I am thinking of buying an Austin 12 after several years of Morris Minors!  Which is the best model to get, the 12/4 or 12/6.  I'm not looking for a sports car but it would be nice to be able to cruise at 50-55 mph or is that wishful thinking?

Many thanks

Chris

The L/12/4 is the better car especially the 1935-36 model. Plenty for sale, robust and will role along at 50/55mph all day Good brakes properly set up.I use one as an every day runaround  along with the Truck version.
Tony Mealing Technical Writer ATDC

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