1934 Austin Light 12/4 Two Seater with Dickey Registration no. VJ 5986 Chassis no. HO/9500 Engine no. 48046
Introduced in 1921, the Twelve, together with the Seven, saved the Austin company from bankruptcy. 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. Such was the Twelve's reputation for durability that it was used for a number of commercial variants and became the London cab-drivers' favourite, enjoying an extended lease of life in this role that lasted well into the 1930s and beyond. 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. Updated for 1935, the Light 12/4 continued in this form until replaced by an entirely new 'all-steel' model for 1937. This all-matching-numbers (chassis/engine/registration) Light 12/4 features attractive coupé plus dickey coachwork and is offered fresh from a recently completed 'ground upwards' restoration carried out over the last 4-5 years. A comprehensive photographic record of the body/chassis renovation is on file, which commences with shots of 'VJ 5986' in unrestored condition. Unfortunately, the vehicle is offered from a deceased's estate and there are no records of any mechanical work carried out, although it is understood that it has been fully rebuilt and the results appear excellent. The Austin is in truly beautiful condition, boasting new paintwork, leather trim, hood and brightwork, and was driven to many classic vehicle shows by its (recently deceased) owner. Finished in blue/black with blue leather interior, the car is offered with old-style logbook and Swansea V5 registration document, and is expected to possess a fresh MoT by time of sale.