Introduced in 1956, it
replaced the highly successful Austin A30. The name reflected the
larger and more powerful 34 hp (25 kW) A-Series inline-four engine,
enabling a slightly higher top speed and better acceleration.
The A35 is very similar in appearance to the A30, except for a
larger rear window aperture and a painted front grille, with chrome
horse-shoe surround, instead of the chrome grille on the A30. Both
have 13 in (330 mm) wheels. The semaphore turn-signal indicators
were replaced with modern front- and rear-mounted flashing lights. A
slightly easier to operate remote-control gear-change was provided.
Much of the improved performance is a result of different gearbox
ratios. The A30 has the first three ratios close together then a big
gap to top (fourth gear). The A35's ratios are better spaced and
give a higher speed in third gear.