Lot 247 - 1931 Austin 7 Ulster (Replica)

Lot 247 - 1931 Austin 7 Ulster (Replica)

Lot 247 - 1931 Austin 7 Ulster (Replica)

Lot Number 247
Registration NG 1668
Chassis Number 139041
Engine Number M144235
Odometer reading 207 miles
Estimate £12,000 - £16,000
Result Sold - £20,720

The Austin 7 needs no introduction and has cemented in place as, arguably, the most important and versatile motorcar ever built. Gordon England was the eponymous British coachbuilding company based in London. After the war, his interest turned to motorsport and, in 1922, he obtained a chassis version of the new Austin 7 which he then tuned and entered successfully at several events and took a considerable number of 750cc class records along the way. This led him to make and sell a series of cars to the public based on his racers. He correctly believed that car performance was being held back by the heavy coachwork and set about designing bodies largely of plywood covered with fabric and fixed to the chassis with three rubber mountings. The first model to be sold was the Brooklands Super-sports Austin 7 and although his racing version had been fabric covered the production version was aluminium panelled. Each one was supplied with a certificate stating that it would reach 80mph. The ‘Cup’ model followed in 1925 and then a fabric saloon which came out before the official factory version.

This superb Ulster replica has been completed to a very high standard. The aluminium body was hand built by Rod Yates and at the same time, the engine was professionally rebuilt and now benefits from a Phoenix crankshaft. The vendor painstakingly ensured everything was carried out to the highest standard; the chassis together with all the running gear and ancillaries were stripped and repaired or replaced as necessary. The result of all this attention to detail is an Ulster replica that appears to be very authentic in appearance; without doubt this is one of the best Austin 7’s we have seen. This delightful Austin appears to be realistically estimated given the high quality of workmanship it has taken to create such a fine example.

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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