1930 Austin Seven Ulster Sports  Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Lot 310
1930 Austin Seven Ulster Sports
Registration no. DV 9602 Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Sold for £16,100 (US$ 27,061) inc. premium
Lot Details
1930 Austin Seven Ulster Sports
Registration no. DV 9602
Chassis no. to be advised
Engine no. to be advised

Footnotes

  • Soon after the Austin Seven's introduction, much modified, supercharged versions were racing with some success, prompting the factory to develop a somewhat less radical, though still supercharged, competition car for general sale. The first of these special Sevens was completed towards the end of 1927 and the following year one of them won the Australian 100-Mile Grand Prix. Only a tiny handful of the resulting 'production' model - the Super Sports - was completed but the exercise would give rise to one of the most delightful small sports cars of the 1930s - the Seven Ulster - 168 of which were built between 1930 and 1932. Like the Super Sports, the Ulster used a tuned and strengthened engine equipped with gear-driven Cozette 'blower' (in which case it also came with magneto ignition and pumped cooling) but unlike its predecessor could also be ordered in cheaper, normally aspirated form. The chassis was 3" lower than standard and featured improved front suspension while the door-less coachwork, with its sleek lines and pointed tail, was even more handsome than that of the Super Sports.

    This particular Ulster is one of four bought by the current owner and the late Peter Moore in the early 1960s, their plan being to create two virtually identical racers: one supercharged, the other normally aspirated (see documentation on file). The duo already possessed considerable experience in the field, both having raced a Seven Ulster ('DV 9602') in Formula 750 events in the early 1950s. The two racers were completed in 1964 and the un-blown car (that offered here, previously registered 'VT 5384') was given the registration 'DV 9602', which had been retained when the original Seven racer was sold. Peter Moore elected to drive the blown Seven, which was registered 'DR 9290'.

    Raced for a time and then laid up for some 14 years, 'DV 9602' was retrieved in 1982 for the Austin Diamond Jubilee Race at Mallory Park and the Donington Park Diamond Jubilee event. The following year the car finished 1st in the 750 MC's Austin race at the MRC's 25th Anniversary meeting at Brands Hatch, after which it was laid up for another six years. Raced occasionally during the 1990s, the engine being rebuilt in 1992 following a blow-up, the Ulster was last on track at Silverstone in August 2005 and will require re-commissioning before further use. A list of events contested and results achieved comes with it.

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