1931 Austin Seven 'Swallow' Tourer Special  Chassis no. B33403 Engine no. M130622
Lot 348
1931 Austin Seven 'Swallow' Tourer Special Chassis no. B33403 Engine no. M130622
Sold for £9,430 (US$ 15,962) inc. premium
Auction Details
1931 Austin Seven 'Swallow' Tourer Special  Chassis no. B33403 Engine no. M130622 1931 Austin Seven 'Swallow' Tourer Special  Chassis no. B33403 Engine no. M130622 1931 Austin Seven 'Swallow' Tourer Special  Chassis no. B33403 Engine no. M130622
Lot Details
1931 Austin Seven 'Swallow' Tourer Special
Registration no. PL 6049
Chassis no. B33403
Engine no. M130622

Footnotes

  • 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 Austin Seven 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 circa 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. 'PL 6049' was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Harrogate sale in November 2009 (Lot 409) and since acquisition has undergone considerable refurbishment. Works undertaken during 2011/2012 include a body-off rust treatment of the chassis, a full re-spray of the body, and complete rebuilds of both the engine and transmission, all of which were carried out by marque specialists Ian Bancroft Restorations of Grantham, Lincolnshire. Related invoices totalling in excess of £8,000 are on file. Yet to be run in, this unique Seven 'special' is offered with the aforementioned old-style logbook, current road fund licence and Swansea V5C registration document.
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