A huge success from the moment deliveries commenced in January 1923, the Austin Seven remained in production until 1939. Simple in construction, 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. Saloon, fabric saloon and coupé versions were on offer by the decade's end, together with an enlarged tourer, but the sole version available when production commenced was the 'Chummy'. The 'Chummy' remains for many enthusiasts the quintessential Seven and today is highly sought after. Previously registered 'VW 679', this Austin Seven 'Chummy' four-seat tourer was manufactured at Austin's Longbridge factory on 15th July 1927. At some time in the 1950s chassis number 'A4/5427' was saved from destruction by Essex-based collectors, the Sharpe brothers, who persuaded the driver of the scrapyard lorry to swap it for a more profitable load. The Sharpes preserved the Chummy for the next 50 years in their collection, from which it was directly acquired by the immediately preceding owner. Complete and largely original on acquisition, the car benefited from sensitive refurbishment during 2007 including repainting the bodywork in Kingfisher Blue, trimming the seats in black leather, attention to the wiring, fitting a new Serck radiator, rebuilding the magneto and renewing the carpets, hood, tyres and inner tubes. The current owner purchased the Chummy at Bonhams' Olympia sale in December 2007 (Lot 616), since when it has been on museum display. Benefiting from a complete engine rebuild in 2011 and not yet run in, the car is offered with old-style continuation logbook (issued 1937), SORN letter, expired MoT (February 2008), three old tax discs and Swansea V5C document.