Lot 30 - 1932 Austin 7 Long-Door Open Tourer
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The Austin 7 was a car produced from 1922 through to 1939 in the United Kingdom by the Austin Motor Company. Nicknamed the ""Baby Austin"", it was one of the most popular cars ever produced and sold equally well abroad. It wiped out most other British small cars and cyclecars of the early 1920's and its effect on the British market was similar to that of the Model T Ford in the USA. Prior to the Austin 7 though, larger cars were the order of the day but the forward thinking of Sir Herbert Austin felt a smaller car would be more popular. In spite of protestations from the company's board of directors who were concerned about the financial status of the company, Austin won them over by threatening to take the idea to their competitor Wolseley and so got permission to embark upon his design. He was assisted by a young draughtsman called Stanley Edge who worked from 1921 into 1922 at Austin's home, Lickey Grange. Austin put a large amount of his own money into the design and patented many of its innovations. In return for the investment he was paid a royalty of two guineas on every car sold.
Nearly 2,500 cars were made in the first year of production (1923), not as many as hoped, but within a few years the ""big car in miniature"" had transformed the fortunes of the Austin Motor Co. and by 1939, when production finally ended, over 290,000 cars and vans had been made.
Indeed, in 2007, during an episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson and James May studied a number of early car designs (including the Ford Model T and the De Dion-Bouton Model Q) and concluded that the Austin Seven was the first mass-market car to be fitted with a ""conventional"" control layout, as found on modern cars. The first real car as we know it.
Originally delivered to a Mr. King in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (as the archives show), the history up to 1996 is scarce. It was at this time however, that Mr. and Mrs. Whiston-Drew acquired 'Dirty Gerty' as she was affectionately known due to her registration letters. She was used and loved extensively with their children for picnics and as a base camp for cricket matches. It was at this time that Dirty Gerty was restored by marque specialists Patrick G. Castell of Ravenstone, Bucks and changed from yellow to blue. Photographs exist in the history file to this effect. Latterly however, she was laid up and sadly forgotten. The environment was dry however, so once a thorough clean had taken place by the new owner, her condition was found to be the similar to the day she was placed there. Her first trip however, was to vintage specialist Bob Thredder Motor Engineers for a thorough re-commissioning. The chassis and all appropriate components were inspected and greased, the axle was re-built with new half shafts, new six vault battery, plugs and MoT test certificate were also acquired. DG5731 has proved a delight to own and has even taken part in last year's London to Brighton Austin 7 run although retired due to a, now rectified, condenser problem. She has been an integral part of family holidays to the Yorkshire Dales and coped well with the steep hills, often with a back seat full of delighted children. Supplied with a small amount of spare parts, full weather gear and a trailer, this extremely popularly configured Austin 7 is certainly a rare model, perfect for families, the VSCC (Post Vintage Thoroughbred) and offered here at no reserve.
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