16 - 18 HP

Sixteen and Eighteen Range

In the early 1930s many Austin H12 and 16/6 models were the same vehicle offered with different engines, at a higher price for the 6-cylinder car. At least two saloons of similar appearance were sold – the Berkeley and Windsor. Later in the decade the choice was between 16 and 18 models.


Early 16/6 engines were the aluminium crankcase Vintage design. Later it was replaced by a new monobloc 16 and 18 engine, but not the same as the Lt12/6 15.9 hp. The 16/6 was and remains a popular Austin with a strong following.

To meet the demand for a lower tax-rated engine in the larger cars the 16 hp monobloc was offered as an alternative to the 18 hp but at the same price in models such as the Hertford and York. Cars for export were usually 18 hp. The 18/6 of 1934-36 was 2510cc, 65 bhp at 3400 rpm.


As well as a choice of saloons the 16/6 was available as open touring models including the Harrow two-seater. The 18 could be had as a saloon or limousine. Many special bodies were offered and a few examples are shown here among the standard models.

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