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Lot 049: Austin 7 RN Saloon

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Launched in 1922, the Austin Seven was an unprecedented success that not only saved Austin but wiped out most other small cars and cyclecars of the early 1920s. Simply yet brilliantly engineered by Herbert Austin and his young protégé, Stanley Edge, at Austin's Lickey Grange home, it quite literally put Britain on the road. Occupying barely more tarmac than a motorcycle and sidecar, it still had all the comforts of a family saloon and boasted such luxuries as four-wheel drum brakes and (from 1924) an electric starter. Built around an A-frame chassis, it was powered by a 10hp 747cc four-cylinder sidevalve engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission. Suspension was by transverse-leaf springs at the front and quarter-elliptics to the rear. Available in numerous different body styles, it remained in production until 1939. Tough, easy to maintain and huge fun to drive, it has long been the backbone of the vintage car movement. This prime example dates from 1932 and is one of the last 50 or so RNs built. As a change-over model it has a number of the later RP features incorporated, including a rear fuel tank, 4 speed synchro gearbox, internal rear body seams yet retaining the earlier Pitchley sun-roof, the later RPs having sunroofs of Austin's own manufacture. It carries the correct RN body number. The vendor purchased the car in 1991 and has comprehensively restored it to a high standard over the period. Masses of receipts show that a new floor, rear wings, sills and springs all round have been fitted. The wheels have been rebuilt, a laminated screen fitted as well as new chrome, battery and wiring in the correct armoured cable. The interior trim has been replaced by Brian Purves, the author of the Definitive Austin 7 book, the whole car now looking beautiful and running superbly. MOTd until October 2012 it is ready to enjoy. There are few cars that are as much fun to own as an Austin 7 and due to their diminutive size space can always be found to squeeze one into the garage. No collection is complete without one, this lovely example being available at a fraction of the cost of restoring one to this standard.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number049
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration number939 YUG
Chassis number161630
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)747
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors