Lot 212 - 1928 Austin 7 Van
|Odometer reading||5,008 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £13,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,840|
The Austin 7 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 wiped out most other British small cars and cycle cars of the early 1920's and its effect on the British market was similar to that of the Model T Ford in the USA. Prior to the Austin 7 though, larger cars were the order of the day but the forward thinking of Sir Herbert Austin felt a smaller car would be more popular. 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 Co. and by 1939, when production finally ended, over 290,000 cars and vans had been manufactured.
Built in 1928, this charming Austin with green body work and contrasting black wings looks delightful from every angle. The simple interior boasts a Smiths speedometer, amperes gauge and black seats. The car is sign written 'Cycle master Ltd' and even displays a tax disc valid until 30th September 1928! This extremely popularly configured Austin 7 with its body mounted headlights is certainly a rare model, perfect for the VSCC and a fantastic entry to pre-war motoring.
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.