1928 Austin 20hp Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 4334 Engine no. 5999-6
Lot 663
1928 Austin 20hp Pickup Truck
Registration no. XI 8810 Chassis no. 4334 Engine no. 5999-6
Sold for £ 4,600 (US$ 5,884) inc. premium

Lot Details
1928 Austin 20hp Pickup Truck
Registration no. XI 8810
Chassis no. 4334
Engine no. 5999-6

Footnotes

  • General Manager of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Company, Herbert Austin set the Birmingham firm on the road to motor manufacture in 1896 when he designed its first automobile, a twin-cylinder tri-car. The first production Wolseley though, was four-wheeled and, like Austin’s 1896 prototype, carried its single-cylinder engine horizontally. Wolseley’s directors did not share Austin’s belief in the horizontal engine’s virtues however, and he departed in 1905 to set up his own company at nearby Longbridge. Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, the first Austin cars were powered by conventional inline fours with side valves arranged in ‘T-head’ fashion. A van body was fitted to one of these early chassis and the firm’s first proper commercial vehicle – a 3-ton, forward control lorry – was built in 1913. Austin made no serious attempt to compete in the heavyweight commercial vehicle market after 1922, restricting its output to light vans on passenger car chassis until 1938 when a range of vans and lorries ranging from 30cwt to 5 tons was introduced. Throughout the 1930s though, many Austin 18hp and 20hp six-cylinder chassis were bodied as ambulances, and it is quite possible that the vehicle offered here started out as one.
    Originally registered in Northern Ireland, this Austin 20hp pickup was restored in 2004 and is described as a good runner. Finished in red with blue upholstery, the vehicle is offered with old-style green logbook (1979), Swansea V5C document and a quantity of old MoT certificates, the most recent of which expired in August 2008. Currently forming part of a small private collection that is being rationalised, it is unlicensed and may require the usual careful re-commissioning before further use.
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