Lot 220 - 1932 12851 Seven RN Saloon
|Odometer reading||2,410 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £7,500|
The Austin Seven was produced from 1922 through to 1939 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 took a huge sector of the UK market having a similar effect to that of the Model T Ford in the USA. Prior to the Austin Seven, larger cars were the order of the day, however, the forward thinking 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 start on his design. He was assisted by a young draughtsman called Stanley Edge who worked at Austin's home. 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 Company and by 1939, when production finally ended, 290,000 cars and vans had been manufactured.
First registered on 24th March 1932, this delightful Austin Seven RN saloon has recently undergone considerable mechanical and cosmetic restoration by Ockley Classics. The 950cc engine was dismantled and new valve assembly, valve guides, piston rings, starter motor and dynamo together with a carburettor overhaul ensures she runs quietly and smoothly. In addition to this, new tyres and brakes have also been fitted to her, as well as a 'sympathetic' repaint. The interior is largely original and has a familiar patina. The transformation from a rather sad looking car, untouched for the last 35 years, to the one we see today has been captured by photograph confirming the extent of the work. This Austin Seven is a matching numbers car and is supplied with the original log book.
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