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1934 Austin Seven Saloon

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£5,513

  • Mileage~44,484 On Clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine0.7L
  • LocationNuneaton

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1934 Austin Seven Saloon

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Introduction

Glyn Parry
Vehicle Consigner and Photographer

Diminutive, enchanting and with a huge personality - the Baby Austin played a highly influential role in British motoring history.

Bringing motoring within the reach of ordinary people in the UK on a scale never seen before, the Austin Seven had an impact similar to that of America’s Model T Ford. The Seven redefined personal transportation and dramatically outsold other economy cars and cycle cars of the 1920’s. Over 300,000 Austin Sevens were built with over 50 variants while an endless succession of “Specials” set impressive records in motorsport. Cars were built under license in numerous countries by the likes of Nissan and even the first BMW.

When Herbert Austin first conceived the idea of developing a small, economy, car his Board of Directors were unimpressed, considering it a radical departure from the high end, coachbuilt limousines they were known for. However, undaunted, Sir Herbert pressed on and, with the help of a talented draughtsmen, Stanley Edge, the project progressed in the billiard room of Austin’s own home.

This lovely, 1934 car, comes to auction in blue over black coachwork, with a blue leather interior. It’s simple, it’s basic, driving it is an art form and for that it’s all the more enchanting. It comes to market from ~2.5 years ownership, in which time the vendor has fitted a new clutch and half shafts, and an ignition service so as to ensure it's very usable. If you take this opportunity to keep a critical piece of automotive history alive there is a huge support network to help you. Let this beautiful little car accompany you to a show and you’ll never be short of interested admirers.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting Mark the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

My father often speaks about the Austin Seven. It was his first car, he learned to drive in one and as a result, I really love it too!

Mark bought this car to help bring back some fond memories for his father. He tells us "It has so much character and is an art in itself to drive but it’s such great fun. It puts a smile on my face every time I go anywhere in it”.

He tells us that the engine had seen regular servicing, and in his ownership he's fitted a new clutch, half shafts and new point/maintenance work on the ignition system. Mark would now like to see the Seven go to a new owner who can give it the attention it deserves. He explains “My driving force was my father, and we got a great deal of pleasure from it. He is now 91 years old and not in best of health so unable to go out in it anymore”. Mark will be happy to answer any questions about his car in the comments section below.

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Exterior

Straight out of the 1920’s in its lovely black and blue colour scheme, this Baby Austin has bags of character and personality.

Wheels and Tyres

The black painted, spoked wire wheels appear in sound working order. The “sidecar triple” tyres are showing no obvious cracks or splits and have good tread remaining. The wheels have a little surface corrosion where the paint has worn off and could be enhanced with some home refurbishment.

View the image gallery to see the detail.

Bodywork

Considering the age of this vintage car, the pressed steel bodywork presents very well. The doors and bonnet open and close properly, the shut lines look good, and the running boards and fenders all appear sound with only a small area of filler on the rear offside. The "A frame" chassis and general underside appear remarkably sound.

We’ve taken plenty of hi resolution images and video for you to judge the condition of this lovely little Austin for yourself – do take a look.

Paint

The blue and black paintwork makes a really attractive colour scheme for this car. It really does look lovely. We suspect there's a good chance the car may still be wearing its original, enamel, paint and therefore some crazing is almost inevitable given its 88 years, and in many places across the car this can be seen from the photographs and video.

Please see the images and videos to assess the condition for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

Windscreen, side windows and rear screen all look good without significant scratching or chips. Mirrors and lenses also present well. The chrome trim looks remarkably good and really complements the overall colour scheme.

Interior

Beautiful, step into the Britain of the early 1930’s – remarkable quality and craftsmanship make this feel much more than economy transport!

Seats and Carpets

Stunning blue leather seats, door cards and door pockets all look absolutely fantastic and show just a little sign of wear considering the age of this vehicle.

The black carpets look equally good, and the headlining appears largely unmarked. Take a look at the interior images and video to judge for yourself.

Dashboard

The dashboard is worn “just enough” in our view, patina that comes with time. The black paint is crazed in some places, but the dials look clear enough, glass is unbroken, and bezels are in good shape given the age.

Meanwhile, the Bakelite switchgear adds wonderful period authenticity. Mark tells us that, apart from the fuel gauge, everything works as it should to his knowledge.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The 3 spoke, moulded Bakelite steering wheel with centrally placed ignition and “gas” controls looks absolutely superb.

The gearstick and gear knob both look great with a charming simplicity. The interior of this car really feels like a part of history – do check out the photos and videos.

Mechanics

Simple, dependable, 0.7L side valve engine gave an RAC rated ~10BHP – plenty for this lightweight 1934 saloon at the time.

Engine and Gearbox

Only 6’3” long and with a track of only 40”, the Seven was a small car. The ~10BHP unit was considered adequate for the time, and given the cars popularity, the public agreed. This unit is still going strong, and you’ll see on our cold start video it fired up eagerly and immediately settled down to a nice tickover.

This later model has the four-speed gearbox driving the rear wheels with synchromesh on 3rd and top. Watch the video to see Mark going through the gears on the road.

Suspension and Brakes

Suspension is by quarter elliptic springs at the rear while at the front a half elliptic transverse spring is centrally mounted on the Beam axle. As for the brakes – rods, cables and drums do the work but, this being an 88-year-old car, it pays to think ahead – all part of the charm.

The Drive

Well, let’s stop smiling for a moment! This is a charming, delightful, almost therapeutic driving experience where the troubles of the modern world seem to drift away. Back to earth though and this is, of course, a very basic car by todays standards but then that really is the appeal, isn’t it?

For all it’s age the Austin drives well, the modest engine pulls effectively, the gear changes are smooth with a bit of practice and the brakes match the power well enough. The ride is gentle, the steering is precise, and the view is wonderful – do take a look at the On the Road video to join us on the brief test drive we took with Mark.

Electrics and Other

Dynamo based electrics are of course basic in cars of this era. Mark tells us the fuel gauge is not working but otherwise he confirms everything to his knowledge, including the trafficators, work exactly as they should.

History and Paperwork

This Seven takes you straight back to 1934 – about as close to an automotive time machine as you’re likely to get, and with a new clutch and half shafts it's ready to be driven too.

What a lovely car! This is a car to love and cherish, to take to shows and to picnics on sunny afternoons. It’s a car to take you back to a completely different motoring era. The automotive world has undoubtedly moved an awful long way in 88 years and yet, when you drive a car like this Baby Austin, you can’t help feeling we’ve left just a little something valuable behind!

There is limited paperwork with the car which is not particularly surprising given its vintage, but included is an all-important receipt showing a major overhaul to the transmission including new clutch and half shafts just over a year ago. This car is ready to go as it is or to use, enjoy and improve.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
02.05.2014 MOT 44,395
02.04.2013 MOT 44,376
30.03.2012 MOT 44,376
25.03.2010 MOT 44,263
13.03.2009 MOT 44,222
06.03.2009 MOT 44,220
27.03.2008 MOT 44,140
18.07.2000 MOT 44,044
21.07.1990 MOT 44,000
Key Details
  • ModelSeven Saloon
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date09.02.1934
  • CC747cc
  • Mileage~44,484 On Clock
  • ColourBlue and Black
  • Interior ColourBlue
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #189069
  • Engine #11190922
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers6 Recorded
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~2.5 Years
  • Key FeatureIt's a Seven
  • Auction ID446275







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TB
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TB

Greetings Mark,
I have always loved the Austin 7 box saloon for the same reason as you – it was my father’s first car, and he is now almost 94!
I spotted a perambulator cover in one of the photos; is that what you keep the Baby Austin in, and if so could it be included in the sale?
Tim

wnl
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wnl

Hi
Any bad points in car
Many thanks

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