The Austin 7 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 made. Indeed, in 2007, during an episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson and James May studied a number of early car designs (including the Ford Model T and the De Dion-Bouton Model Q) and concluded that the Austin Seven was the first mass-market car to be fitted with a ‘conventional’ control layout, as found on modern cars. The first real car as we know it.
This project car has resided in a significant collection for a number of years, sitting awaiting restoration alongside some of the most impressive examples of the classic car world. The Austin is believed to be largely complete, and we feel would be an excellent basis for full restoration of this hugely enjoyable pre-war classic. The Chummy is offered with a UK V5C.