For years in the 1920s and 1930s the tiny Austin Seven was a best-selling little car. It set every standard of small packaging, it seemed cheeky, simple, and promised low cost motoring. In many ways, it was similar to the Mini which followed decades later. When produced the 7 was on sale for £165, (in the UK only the mass produced Ford Model T was cheaper,) so it provided great value for money.
At its highest point, which lasted for more than a ten years, well over 20,000 cars were being sold every year. In later life the engine found further use in Reliant three wheelers, and a passion for racing, encouraged by the 750 MC, saw power outputs pushed up to extraordinary levels.
Austin sold tens of thousands of these little cars every year. At first the tiny 747cc engine produced a mere 10.5bhp but this increased gradually over the years, culminating at 17bhp in the mid-1930s, by this time an Austin Seven could reach more than 50mph.
Taking us a bit further back in time, the Austin in its lovely dark shade of red presents an opportunity to cherish something from a time when the Austin logo was well respected. Stylish simplicity was the Seven design mantra and this will be a great investment that also offers a huge amount of fun along the way. The Austin’s odometer reads just 9,000 miles from new.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.