Lot 237 - 1931 12851 Seven Swallow
|Odometer reading||9,446 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
It's a wonder there ever was such a thing as a 1932 Austin-Swallow. Sir Herbert Austin launched the cheap and simple Seven model in 1922 to wrest sales from the light cycle-cars and sidecar-equipped motorcycles then wooing budget-minded British motorists. That same year, William Lyons and William Walmsley began producing stylish sidecars in the shops of their Swallow Sidecar Company.
Rather than cancelling one another out, each firm wound up benefiting from the efforts of the other, even if the association was somewhat at arms' length. Swallow coachwork lent a fashionable air to the Seven that wasn't available in the standard factory bodies; the chance to build car bodies opened new doors for Swallow and led, ultimately, to the establishment of the Jaguar marque. The first swoopy, hand-formed aluminium-over-wood Swallow roadster bodies appeared on Austin Seven chassis (procured from individual dealers) in 1927 and the following year, a two-door saloon body was added. Aside from distinctive lines and colour schemes, Swallow also added a bolder, barrel-like grille shell. It's estimated that Swallow produced about 1,700 saloon bodies with very few left on the road today.
Attractively finished in red with black cabin and wings and black trim, this represents a very original Swallow in need of some gentle restoration. According to the V5C, just two previous owners are recorded and given the MoT test certificate history, it would suggest that it has covered just 10,000 miles in the last 20 years. Supplied with a full 12 months MoT test certificate, this unusual little gem is fully functioning and would be a welcome addition to any of the many Austin Seven owners club meetings up and down the country.
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.