Astra car history
Middlesex UK from 1954 to 1959
|Manufacturer||Astra Car Company|
|Body style||2-door saloon or estate|
|Engine||322 cc Anzani two-cylinder|
|Wheelbase||74 in (1,880 mm)|
|Length||114 in (2,896 mm)|
|Width||53 in (1,346 mm)|
The Astra was an English car built by a subsidiary of British Anzani of Hampton Hill, Middlesex from 1954 to 1959 At GBP348 it claimed to be the smallest and cheapest four-wheeler on the British market. The car had originally been built by JARC motors and sold as the Little Horse.
It featured a rear-mounted 322 cc air-cooled, twin-cylinder engine mounted under the floor driving the rear wheels through a three-speed motorcycle-type gearbox. The steel channel section chassis had all-round independent suspension with swing axles at the rear. Most cars had two seater estate car bodies, but some four-seat saloons were also made. The bodies were made of aluminium. The car could also be bought in kit form. It was claimed to be able to reach 55 mph (89 km/h) and return 60 mpg-imp (4.7 L/100 km; 50 mpg-US).
After production ceased, some coupés were made by Gill cars and sold as the Getabout.The rights were also bought by Harold Lightburn of Camden, Adelaide, Australia who fitted a new glass-fibre estate body and sold the car as the Zeta between 1963 and 1966.