1938 Austin 7 Ruby
Lot 246
1938 Austin Seven Ruby Saloon Chassis no. 267965 Engine no. M285840
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,700 - 10,000
Lot Details
1938 Austin Seven Ruby Saloon
Registration no. EX 4640
Chassis no. 267965
Engine no. M285840


  • A huge success from the moment deliveries commenced in January 1923, the Austin Seven remained in production until 1939. Simply constructed, economical and easily maintained by the home mechanic, the Seven brought motoring within the financial reach of the man in the street, who hitherto would probably have settled for a motorcycle combination. Its introduction helped save the ailing Austin concern and by the mid-1920s the Seven dominated the light car market in Britain. In essence the Seven changed little in the course of its 17 years in production, retaining the 'A'-frame chassis, transverse front spring, rear quarter elliptics and four-cylinder sidevalve engine to the end. There were, of course, numerous detail improvements along the way, a longer wheelbase, roomier bodies, coupled brakes and a three-bearing crankshaft to name but four. The sole version available when production commenced was the 'Chummy' tourer. Saloon, fabric saloon and coupé models, plus a roomier tourer, were on offer by 1929 when the example offered here was manufactured. One of the first Austin Seven saloons was the 'Top Hat', so called because of its upright, formal-looking, straight-sided coachwork, which was panelled in aluminium to save weight and boasted elaborate cloth interior trim, and unusual feature in a British car at the time.
    The introduction of the Ruby in 1934 marked an important step in the development of Austin's ever-popular light car. New body styles featured flowing lines, valanced wings and taller, cowled-in radiators; the wheel size was reduced from 19" to 17" diameter, flush-fitting self-cancelling trafficators were fitted and synchromesh was now present on second as well as third and top gears. Alongside the two Ruby saloons in the new-for-1935 range were the Pearl Cabriolet, the Opal two-seater (the first £100 Austin) and the Open Road Tourer.
    A long term attendee of the Austin Seven Clubs Association's Section 6 Club, this very honest and original Mark 2 Ruby completed many rallies in the hands of the preceding owner. While in his ownership the engine was rebuilt, the body re-sprayed and the interior re-trimmed in blue vinyl to a very good standard. Its paintwork now showing some patination, 'EX 4640' benefits from rebuilt wheels and is running very well. The car is offered with Swansea V5 document.
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