1931 Austin 7 Swallow Special,
Lot 409
1931 Austin Seven Swallow Tourer Chassis no. B33403 Engine no. M130622
Sold for £6,785 (US$ 11,404) inc. premium
Lot Details
1931 Austin Seven Swallow Tourer
Registration no. PL 6049
Chassis no. B33403
Engine no. M130622


  • Although conceived as nothing more than cheap, basic transportation for the masses, the Austin Seven soon found favour as an equally felicitous means of participating in motor sport. Following on from the successes achieved by enthusiastic home tuners and professional specialists, Austin introduced purpose-built sports versions of its own, commencing with the Ulster in 1930. Nippy and Speedy models followed. Sports bodywork was available from a host of independent coachbuilders and such conversions for the ubiquitous Seven chassis have remained popular ever since.
    The car offered here was originally completed with saloon coachwork by Swallow. Founded in 1922 in Blackpool by William Walmsley, the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company branched out into motor body manufacture in 1926. The Seven coachwork was designed by Walmsley's partner, William Lyons, and brought the Swallow name to the attention of the motoring public, paving the way for the stylish SS models of the 1930s.
    This particular car was re-bodied as a two-seat tourer around the beginning of the 1950s, approximately 1953. The accompanying old-style logbook records the original colour as black, while other changes from factory specification include an electric fuel pump, Morris Minor hydraulic brakes and 14" wire wheels with wider-than-standard rims. Described by the private vendor as in generally good condition, this unique Seven 'special' is offered with the aforementioned old-style logbook, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.