The Austin Seven was produced from 1922 through to 1939 by the Austin Motor Company. Nicknamed the ‘Baby Austin’, it was one of the most popular cars ever produced and sold equally well abroad. It took a huge sector of the UK market having a similar effect to that of the Model T Ford in the USA. Prior to the Austin Seven, larger cars were the order of the day; however, the forward thinking Sir Herbert Austin felt a smaller car would be more popular. In spite of protestations from the company’s board of directors who were concerned about the financial status of the company, Austin won them over by threatening to take the idea to their competitor, Wolseley, and so got permission to start on his design. He was assisted by a young draughtsman called Stanley Edge who worked at Austin’s home. 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 Company and by 1939, when production finally ended, 290,000 cars and vans had been manufactured.
This very pretty Austin Seven ‘Nippy’, chassis 247767, is finished in Fire Engine Red with black wings and matching black leather seats. Our Nippy is said to drive very well, and is offered in good condition in all respects. The little Austin is supplied with German registration papers in addition to a brand new German TuV.
The Austin Seven has always been regarded as an entry level pre-war classic. However in more recent times these early tourers and sports models have come to represent a good fun investment for the future and none more so than this charming example.