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Lot 033: Austin Ten Saloon

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

In 1932 Austin introduced the 10hp to fill the gap between the hugely popular 7hp and the rugged 12hp. It was to become a major seller for Austin and continued in volume production through the war years until 1947 when it was replaced by the new improved Austin A40. A conservative design for the time, it used a pressed steel body on a cross-braced chassis fitted with an 1125cc side-valve 4-cylinder engine producing 21bhp and driving the rear wheels through a four-speed gearbox and open-drive shaft to a live rear axle. Suspension was by half-elliptic springs all round and the brakes were cable operated. Initially 6-volt, the electrical system was upgraded to 12-volt in 1934. Capable of around 55mph it was made available in a bewildering yet attractive range of body styles. This particular Austin Ten Saloon was first registered in March 1934 and was owned by its previous Derbyshire keeper for some 40 years. Clearly a much cherished example, it is in wonderful condition throughout with a superb chassis, excellent paintwork and a delightfully patinated and original tan leather interior. Taxed and MOTd until October, it is said to drive beautifully and certainly ran very sweetly as we positioned it to take these photographs. Fitted with a sliding sunroof, it comes with various bills for routine maintenance and renovation going back to the 1980s, a green log book from 1965 when it was resident in Leicester, a copy of 'The Book of the Austin Ten' plus an Austin-published 'Schedule of Charges for Repairs'. Totally charming in every respect, it looks great value at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number033
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8600
Year1934
Condition rating
Registration numberBJT 221
Mileage-
Chassis numberG135072
Engine number1935319
Engine capacity (cc)1125
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors