Lot 297 - 1929 Austin 12/4 Tourer

Lot 297 - 1929 Austin 12/4 Tourer

Lot 297 - 1929 Austin 12/4 Tourer

Lot Number 297
Registration UV 4549
Chassis Number 5TT29883
Engine Number 58859
Odometer reading 6,606 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £5,040

Launched in late 1921, the Austin 12 was dubbed 'The Salesman's Joy' due to the way it flew out of the showroom, some 70,000 examples having been sold by 1927, its peak year of production.

In combination with the immortal 7, it secured Austin's long-term future and remained on sale until 1935 although a taxi version was still available as late as 1939. During this time the 12/4 became a byword for indestructibility thanks to its superb build quality and fundamentally sound design. The engine was a five-bearing side-valve four, initially displacing 1661cc for which the factory claimed 27bhp at just 2000rpm. This was sufficient for 40-45mph cruising, at which speed the 12 returned around 26mpg. Enduringly popular and beautifully designed, the 12/4 remains a favourite with Austin enthusiasts to this day and helped the company justify its marketing slogan ‘the dependable Austin’.

This example was purchased by our vendor, a vintage car enthusiast, some six years ago but due to illness the car had been mainly stored. Interesting having appeared in the BBC’s Ripping Yarns in 1979 for which a receipt for payment can be found in the history file, alongside many receipts and documents from the late 70s through to the late 90s. The car will require recommissioning and perhaps restoration with the carpets, some trim and hood having perished given the time spent stored. No V5 is offered with this lot therefore the new owner will need to apply for this with the DVLA. The engine is currently not running but the car rolls freely and would be an ideal project for a vintage car enthusiast.

Guide Price £3,000 - £6,000

Interested parties should note that no V5 is offered with this Lot therefore the new owner will need to apply for this with the DVLA.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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