1930 Austin Seven Van  Chassis no. B6704103932 Engine no. 116869
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1930 Austin Seven Van Chassis no. B6704103932 Engine no. 116869
Sold for £12,650 (US$ 20,301) inc. premium

Lot Details
1930 Austin Seven Van  Chassis no. B6704103932 Engine no. 116869 1930 Austin Seven Van  Chassis no. B6704103932 Engine no. 116869 1930 Austin Seven Van  Chassis no. B6704103932 Engine no. 116869 1930 Austin Seven Van  Chassis no. B6704103932 Engine no. 116869
1930 Austin Seven Van
Registration no. PG 5492
Chassis no. B6704103932
Engine no. 116869

Footnotes

  • The introduction of the Seven light car in 1922 marked a change of direction for Austin. Faced with an economic downturn and consequent slackening of demand for the company's larger models, Sir Herbert Austin had begun planning a smaller and more affordable car in 1920, assisted by a young draughtsman employed at Austin's Longbridge factory, Stanley Edge. The company was in receivership at the time, so Herbert Austin financed the project himself and as a result received a royalty on every car sold. Edge's design was influenced by the Peugeot Quadrilette, featuring a water-cooled four-cylinder engine, initially of 696cc but enlarged to 747cc early in 1923. Driving via a three-speed gearbox, this all-new power unit was carried in a simple A-frame chassis boasting transverse-leaf front suspension, quarter-elliptic springing at the rear and uncoupled four-wheel brakes. Sales were disappointing at first but soon picked up and within a few years the Seven had transformed Austin's fortunes, wiping out the British cyclecar industry in the process. There was soon a commercial version available: the light delivery van, with coachwork by Thomas Startin of Birmingham, which came fully equipped with CAV electrics and a self-starter for the sum of £180.
    This Austin Seven delivery van was purchased at auction in 2003 having previously belonged to Mr R C Moriarty, a butcher from Theydon Bois, Essex, hence the sign-written livery. Invoices and other documentation on file suggest that 'PG 5492' was restored circa 1980 by Austineers, including a change of engine, while further refurbishment has been carried out during the current ownership. The vehicle is offered with parts lists, a quantity of old tax discs and MoTs (most recent expired June 2007), Swansea V5C document and a hand-written summary of extensive mechanical works undertaken by Waterrow Service Station of Wiveliscombe, Devon.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this Austin Seven was originally a car and converted into a van.
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