Lot 291 - 1935 Austin Eighteen

Lot 291 - 1935 Austin Eighteen

Lot 291 - 1935 Austin Eighteen

Lot Number 291
Registration XSY120
Chassis Number 37744/18
Engine Number 1EE2395-18
Odometer reading 58,730 miles
Estimate £9,500 - £12,500

After the First World War Herbert Austin decided on a one engine policy based on the 3620cc 20hp unit; this was fitted to cars, commercial vehicles and even a tractor, but volume of sales were never enough to fill the vast factory built during wartime.  Critical to the recovery was the appointment in 1922 of a new finance director, Ernest Payton, and a new works director in charge of car production, Carl Engelbach. Between them they steered the company's fortunes through the inter-war year period. To increase market share, smaller cars were introduced; the 1661cc Twelve in 1922 and later the same year, the Seven; an inexpensive, simple small car and one of the earliest cars to be directed towards the mass market.  In 1930 the Austin Seven became the most produced car in England. With the help of the Seven, Austin weathered the worst of the depression and remained profitable, producing a wider range of cars which was steadily updated by the introduction of all-steel bodies, Girling brakes and synchromesh gearboxes. However, all the engines retained the same side-valve conformation.  The Austin 16/6 was introduced as a medium saloon in 1927 sitting above the Seven and 12hp models but smaller than the 3.5 Litre 20hp. The six cylinder engine was new but had similarities to the one fitted to the 20 with timing chain at the rear of the engine block. The car was up to date with the gearbox mounted to the engine and semi elliptic springs all round on the suspension. Safety glass was fitted from 1929. In 1934 the gearbox gained synchromesh on 3rd and 4th gears and a larger engined Austin Eighteen model was added. The car could reach 60 mph and return 21 miles per imperial gallon depending on the body fitted.

Purchased by the vendor in 2002 to use as a wedding car, this model has been very well maintained throughout his ownership. This very original Austin Eighteen was used regularly until 2004 and, although stored since then, the car has been started regularly and kept in full running condition, while the vendor informs us that the engine runs very quietly and the car drives very smoothly. Finished in dark blue with black wings and a dark blue leather interior, this Austin would benefit from some light cosmetic restoration to the paintwork and leather interior. The car is supplied with V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate and Hand Book. A good, pre-war car more than capable of coping with modern day roads and traffic.

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