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Lot 394: Austin Seven Touring Car

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

A cycle car craze swept Europe in the 1920s. The British Austin 7, produced between 1922 and 1929 provided more automobile for the same price and became the Volkswagen Beetle of its day, crushing the cycle car competition. It was so popular that it was made under license in the US, Germany (as a BMW) and France.

The offered right-hand drive example is a 1933 four-seater tourer in British Racing Green with black fenders and a black leather interior. It has light green wire wheels and coachlines. Accessories include a spotlight, working top, an engine crank, complete with leather crank restraint, and a spare tire cover with an Austin logo.

These cars are surprisingly peppy with their side-valve 750cc motors and everyone who sees you coming greets you with a smile.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number394
Estimate$5000-$7000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$9000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$10530
Year1933
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number175738
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors