The Austin Devon model followed the ‘tall-boy’ design that allowed a very large headroom enabling taller people to sit comfortably inside the car. This was primarily possible because in the beginning of the 20th century, car models were built on the basis of body-on-frame where the car body was simply mounted over the chassis having the engine and the drivetrain. Because of her fully independent suspension that offered smoother rides made her popularity grow.
In 1947, a freedom fighter (later a car dealer) from Punjab, Raghunandan Saran was urged by India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru to set-up a factory in the southern India to produce cars as the market was opening up post-India's independence from the British. Saran set up the firm and named it after his only son, Ashok. Ashok Leyland's original idea was to produce Leyland trucks but negotiations were taking time and so the firm decided to make cars.
The Austin Devon’s A40 were manufactured at their Ennore, Madras works (see image). They were produced and sold for the next five years, until 1953 (by 1955, Ashok Leyland started producing trucks). One car model was restored few back and now in the company's possession.
This is a white-metal ^ model.
^ since each of these are hand-made individually, do not expect this model to be finely finished as machine-made models
^^ white metal diecast models are 2-3 times heavier than ZAMAC made machine-finished models
^^^ only automobile models that are rare are produced in white metal and since they are hand-produced, they are limited in numbers.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: White Metal|
|- Non-opening model|
|- Only 600 pieces created|
|- Handmade in England|
|- Extremely rare collectible|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|