Property of a deceased's estate,1930 Austin Seven Sports  Chassis no. B1-1010

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Lot 442
1930 Austin Seven Sports
Registration no. TM 6701 Chassis no. B1-1010

Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 16,656) inc. premium
Property of a deceased's estate
1930 Austin Seven Sports
Registration no. TM 6701
Chassis no. B1-1010
*Believed Gordon England coachwork
*Recently re-commissioned
*Running well and ready for use

Footnotes

  • The introduction of the Seven light car in 1922 marked a change of direction for Austin. Faced with an economic downturn and consequent slackening of demand for the company's larger models, Sir Herbert Austin had begun planning a smaller and more affordable car in 1920, assisted by a young draughtsman employed at Austin's Longbridge factory, Stanley Edge. The company was in receivership at the time, so Herbert Austin financed the project himself, and as a result received a royalty on every car sold. Edge's design was influenced by the Peugeot Quadrilette, featuring a water-cooled four-cylinder engine, initially of 696cc but enlarged to 747cc early in 1923. Driving via a three-speed gearbox, this all-new power unit was carried in a simple A-frame chassis boasting transverse-leaf front suspension, quarter-elliptic springing at the rear, and uncoupled four-wheel brakes. Sales were disappointing at first but soon picked up, and within a few years the Seven had transformed Austin's fortunes, wiping out the British cyclecar industry in the process.

    The Austin Seven chassis soon attracted the attentions of independent coachbuilders, many of whom devised sporting alternatives not offered by the factory. One such was Gordon England, who used his prior experience of aircraft manufacturing technology to design a lightweight yet rigid body that made extensive use of plywood, which was covered in fabric. Gordon England was soon supplying bodies to Austin under contract, which has to be seen as testament to their quality.

    This car has is bodied with two-seater sports coachwork believed to be by Gordon England. One of the late owner's favourite cars, the Seven was used regularly and taken to shows, proving very reliable. For the last couple of years it has been laid-up in storage, and has now been fully re-commissioned and test-driven. Working well and looking lovely, this very pretty little car is 'on the button' and ready for the road. Offered with a V5 registration document.
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Property of a deceased's estate,1930 Austin Seven Sports  Chassis no. B1-1010
Property of a deceased's estate,1930 Austin Seven Sports  Chassis no. B1-1010
Property of a deceased's estate,1930 Austin Seven Sports  Chassis no. B1-1010
Property of a deceased's estate,1930 Austin Seven Sports  Chassis no. B1-1010
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