Introduced in 1921, the Twelve was a conventional car, soundly engineered in the best Austin tradition, powered by a 1,660cc (later 1,861cc) four-cylinder sidevalve engine driving via a four-speed gearbox. After the introduction of the six-cylinder Light Twelve, the model became known as the Heavy Twelve Four up to 1935, by which time there was also a 1,525cc Light 12/4 in the range. After a minor facelift in 1935, the 12/4 was substantially redesigned for 1937, emerging with Girling brakes and all-steel bodywork incorporating a proper boot. A 'definite advance in appearance, performance, and general style,' declared The Autocar, reviewing the new Austins. Top speed under favourable conditions was found to be 64mph, with fuel consumption in the 26-30mpg range. This example of the 'new' Ascot was purchased as a non-runner and has undergone substantial renovation over the past two years. The body has been refurbished and partially re-sprayed; the brakes and steering overhauled; the front seats rebuilt and re-upholstered; the bumpers re-chromed; a new exhaust system made and installed; carpets fitted; and the tyres replaced. Part stripped and checked, the engine is said to run well and the sunroof is reported as fully operational. Offered with MoT/tax to June 2010 and Swansea V5, the car is described as in generally sound condition, slight wear in one kingpin and weak synchromesh on 2nd gear being the only faults listed. Sealed beam headlights are the only notified deviation from factory specification.