Lot 232 - 1934 Austin Seven Box Saloon 1

Lot 232 - 1934 Austin Seven Box Saloon 1

Lot 232 - 1934 Austin Seven Box Saloon 1

Lot Number 232
Registration AVX 742
Chassis Number 192468B96176
Engine Number M194499
Odometer reading 62,038 miles
Estimate £5,000 - £7,000
Result Sold - £5,600

The Austin Seven was produced from 1922 through to 1939 and 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 Ford Model T 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.

Registered with the previous keeper from 1968 until 2015, this 1934 Austin Seven has had an interesting history. After finding her in a sorrowful state, the owner restored the car and completed the 'Austin 50th Anniversary Rally' from Lands End to John o' Groats in March 1972. He documented the run in great detail with newspaper cuttings in recognition of the achievement available in the history file. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this Austin Seven Box Saloon is in need of a little tlc. A sound example, well worth a little time and investment to put 'The Duchess' back into pristine order once again.

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.

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