The Atlantic was one of the first post-war cars engineered from scratch by Austin, and was said to be styled from a thumbnail sketch by Leonard Lord, then Chairman of Austin and later the British Motor Corporation (BMC), though in truth the styling was more likely the work of resident Italian Austin stylist Dick Burzi. The car was almost certainly influenced by a 1946 Pininfarina-bodied Alfa Romeo cabriolet, which just happened to end up at the Longbridge factory in mid-1947, a few months before the light blue 16hp sports prototype made its first appearance in the experimental department and on nearby roads around the factory.
It was meant to appeal to the American market. It didn't. It is an ugly brute of a thing.
Dinky made it from 1951 to 1958. It had a change of number from 140a to 106 in 1954. It has also featured in the excellent Atlas Editions Dinky range produced by Norev. I have had a black car made in 2019 and a red car made in 2013 from this range
Atlas Dinky Toys 106; Austin Atlantic; Black, Red Seats
|Dinky Toys 106; Austin Atlantic; Black, Red Seats||Dinky Toys 140a; Austin Atlantic; Light Blue, Red Seats, Cream Hubs||Dinky Toys 140a; Austin Atlantic; Pink, Cream Seats, Cream Hubs||Atlas Dinky Toys 106; Austin Atlantic; Red, Maroon Seats, Maroon Hubs|