Although it had been intended as low-cost transportation for the masses, it was not long before the Austin Seven began to appear in competitions and then in 1924 came the first of the factory's own sports models. After WW2, the Seven formed the basis for countless 'specials': some entirely home grown; others built from proprietary kits. Parts were both plentiful and cheap, enabling a generation of impecunious would-be racers to indulge their passion on the racetrack. Indeed, Seven-based racing specials proved so popular that the 750 Motor Club went on to develop Formula 750 to cater for these cars, thus providing an opportunity for the home constructor and specials builder to hone their skills. Some of the biggest names in international motor sport started their careers in 750 Formula racing, arguably the most famous of them being Lotus founder Colin Chapman, and today the 750 MC continues to support Seven racing alongside other, more modern classes.
Extensively restored at unknown date, this two-seater Seven Special has had two previous owners since 1983. Built on the (post-1931) 6' 9" chassis, ' BGU 380' features a coil-ignition engine; 1¼" SU downdraft carburettor on special inlet manifold; special three-point front axle; gas shock absorbers; hydraulic brakes; 15"wheels and a nicely engineered remote selector for the four-speed gearbox. The car is finished in British Racing Green with black leather interior and double-duck hood and appears to be in generally good condition. Offered with old style buff log book, parts list, Austin Cars book and a cotton cover accompanies the car.
In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.