Lot 259 - 1931 Austin Seven RM
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,760|
Nicknamed the Baby Austin, the Austin Seven was manufactured between 1922 and 1939. Herbert Austin's concept was to provide a small car that would meet the needs of aspiring families to own an affordable motor car. It was one of the most popular models produced for the British market and also sold well abroad. The affect on the market was similar to that of the Ford Model T. When production ceased in 1939, 290,000 cars and vans had been produced.
We are proud today to offer an outstanding example of the Austin Seven marque. Manufactured in 1931, this rare RM saloon has had six owners from new and has an extensive history file dating back to 1935; only the Second World War years are understandably missing. Being an RM, this little car was produced with the short chassis and therefore the door lines extend around the rear wheel arches to allow ease of access. Five pounds extra was paid when new for the optional Pytchet sliding sunroof that sits atop of maroon over black livery with hand applied gold coachwork lines, all in excellent order.
What is extraordinary about this Seven is not only its history file and condition, but the fact that it is used on a daily basis and can often be seen running around the Surrey lanes; even in the snow. To facilitate reliability, the Seven not only retains the six volt electrical system but a 12 volt system has been added to the starter and indicators. In addition, a VW distributor ensures reliable spark, an electrical wiper motor means constant clear vision in inclement weather and locking door handles provide security whilst out and about. The vendor assures us that the original vacuum wiper, distributor and non locking door handles are with the car so that if the new owner wishes to put the car back to its original state, he may do so. Unusually, the original headlights and klaxon horn are fitted and operating. A full set of workshop manuals, parts lists, handbook and a large quantity of club magazines also accompany the car. It is recommended to view the history file, wherein you will find invoices of works and parts purchased in the 1930's; these invoices are works of art in themselves. There is also an unused Austin Seven diary; a very rare item indeed.
The 748cc engine starts easily and drives the little car through the three speed gearbox without difficulty. On the road the car behaves predictably and stops without drama. This magnificent and useable example is UK registered with a historic road fund licence valid until the end of December 2013 so therefore the lucky new owner may enjoy this little piece of motoring history immediately.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.