Lot 243 - 1934 Austin ‘Speedex’ Special
|Sold - £4,760
In Les Brown's 2017-published 'Special Obsessions' book the author outlined 15 reasons for the rise of the special in post-war Britain: 'Inventiveness', 'Practical Skills' and 'Surplus Parts' are some of the dozen-plus reasons why the specials movement took off, and then led to some suppliers and builders going on to greater things. One such was Jem Marsh, founder of Speedex and who later founded Marcos Cars. Today's classic scene has fully embraced the specials' movement, with many cars being resurrected in recent years for trialling, sprinting and racing events.
For anyone looking for such a car this example offers an accurate snapshot of what a special should be. It is presented in polished aluminium with a black interior and comes with its original green logbook and the last three MoT test certificates. This pretty, agile and fun British sports car is powered by a 750cc engine and has twin SU carburettors and an LRM racing head. It comes also with an original Speedex parts book, Speedex information pack, Austin Seven handbook and a 2002 750 Motor Club bulletin showing Jem Marsh at the wheel of one of his Speedex cars. It should be noted that the car has an oil leak and water drips slightly from the water pump when the engine is running and it has not been driven on the road for some 20 years as this was to be predominantly a racing car. Please also note that this car will have to be taken from the Auction by trailer as the car will need to be re commissioned.
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