Road testers were eager to get the new car in their hands, so quickly a number of road tests and driving impressions reports appeared in the press. Here's a try of a summary:
- 'The Austin A40 Sports'. The Motor: May 16, 1951, pp. 466-468.
- Lawrence Pomeroy. 'A Month from the Country. Some Impressions from France, Italy and Germany. Part 1. The Motor: May 23th, 1951, pp. 499-502.
- Lawrence Pomeroy. 'A Month from the Country. Some Impressions from France, Italy and Germany. Part 2. The Motor: May 30th, 1951, pp. 529-532.
- Kay Petre. 'Here is Elegant Speed'. Daily Graphic: June 6th, 1951.
- 'The Autocar Road Tests No. 1432: Austin A40 Sports Convertible'. The Autocar (UK): June 8, 1951, pp. 665-667.
- J. Eason Scott. 'New Cars Described: The Austin A40 Sports'. Country Life (UK): June 29th, 1951, p. 2054.
- Courtenay Edwards. 'Car that Is a Joy to Drive'. Daily Mail: July 20, 1951.
- 'Motoring the Latest Models: The Austin A40 Soprts'. The Light Car (UK): August 1951, pp. 376-377.
- 'Busman's Holiday [Including driving impressions of the new Austin A40 Sports]'. Motor Sport Incorporating Speed (UK): No. 9, September 1951, pp. 437-440.
- 'Road and Track Road Test F-9-51: Austin A40 Sports'. Road and Track (USA): November 1951, p. 9.
- 'Across the States. T.H. Kaye describes an east to west trans-American tour in an Austin A40 Sports, in the course of which he traversed sixteen states in fifteen days.' The Austin Magazine & Advocate, Vol. 25, No. 9, June, 1952, pp. 558-561.
- 'The Austin A40 Sports. A Lively Convertible with an 80 m.p.h. Maximum and High Average Speed Potentialities'. Autosport (UK): July 18, 1952, pp. 70-72.
- C.H.Wood. ''In a Strong Carriage with Springs Well Corded.' A 2000 mile trip into the highlands in a tuned Austin A40 Sports'. The Motor, July 30, 1952, pp. 863-865.
- 'On the Road in 1951'. Motor Sport Incorporating Speed: No. 3, March 1952, pp. 123-125.
- '1952 Cars on Test: Austin A40 Sports'. Motor Industry (UK), September 1952, pp. 92-93.
- Bill Pollack. 'Austin A40 Sports. A Happy Wedding of Sports and Utility'. Auto Sport and Speed (USA): October 1952, pp. 30-32.
- 'We Put a Tough Car Through a Tough N.Z. Test - Christchurch to Glaciers'. Modern Motoring (New Zealand): January 1953, pp. 9-11.
- Joe Wherry. 'Austin A40 'Somerset' and 'Sports''. Auto Age (USA): April 1953, 32-33; 54-55.
- W.A. McKenzie. 'The Austin A40 Sports' & '3,000 Miles - 3,000 Minutes'. Measham Magazine (UK): July 1953, pp. 22-27.
For these tests Austin used four different works demonstrators
- LOF 549 [GD2]: The Motor: May, 1951. The Autocar: June, 1951. Country Life: June, 1951 and Motor Sport Incorporating Speed: 1951.
- LOE 986 [GD2 with slotted wheels!]: The Light Car: 1951. Motor Industry: September 1952
- LOV 222 [GD3]: 2nd series of Press Shots. Reg Harris vs. Geoff Duke Trial at Silverstone April 19th, 1952
- MOE 174 [GD2/3?]: Autosport: July 18, 1952. Reg Harris vs. Geoff Duke Trial at Silverstone April 19th, 1952
- a fifth works car: LOE 990 was used for the "Round the World in 21 Days" publicity stunt
The pictures below are from my personal collection of newspaper clips: