• Country of Origin – UK
• Body Style – Two-door Tourer
• Powertrain – 4 Cylinder 696cc; 3-speed Manual
• Right Hand Drive
• Very popular classic two-door Tourer
• Known as the ‘Baby Austin’
• Light and easy to use classic
• Popular choice to make racing specials
Inspired by the Peugeot Quadrilette, the Austin Seven became a huge success from the moment deliveries commenced in January 1923, and remained in production until 1939, during which time some 290,000 were made. Well built, economical and easily maintained by the home mechanic, the Seven brought motoring within the financial reach of the man on the street, who hitherto would probably have settled for a motorcycle combination. Its introduction helped save the ailing Austin company and by the mid-1920s the Seven dominated the light car market in Britain. The sole version available when production commenced was the ‘Chummy’ tourer.
The rather small ‘big car in miniature’ still had all the comforts of a family car 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 side-valve engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission.
Tough, easy to maintain and huge fun to drive, it is a great way to start collecting, especially in the pre-war era. Continuing spares availability mean that owning a Seven is still a practical proposition, and its diminutive size means that storage is relatively easy. Presented here is one of the most sought-after Sevens of all – a delightful four-seat tourer.
This particular Seven comes with a more modern, and easier to maintain coil powered engine. An attractive combination of red with black fenders, with maroon interiors, it is a very usable example benefiting from an older restoration. It is well presented throughout, with just minor imperfections from minimal use in shows and rallies.