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Austin 7 van – a classic little vehicle with a lot of charisma

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December 5, 2018
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If you’re looking for a novelty commercial vehicle with a little bit more charisma than your average white van, cast your eyes over this 1928 charmer – it’s a 90 year-old classic Austin 7 van.

The Austin 7 was produced from 1922 through to 1939 and nicknamed the Baby Austin. One of the most popular cars ever produced, it sold famously at home and abroad.

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Austin 7 was Britain’s Model T Ford

The Austin 7 had such an impact on the home motoring market that it was likened to the Model T Ford in the USA.

Prior to the Austin 7 though, larger cars were the order of the day but the forward thinking Sir Herbert Austin felt a smaller car would become more popular.

Austin put a lot of his own money into the design and patented many of its innovations. In return for the investment, he was paid a royalty of two guineas on every car sold. Those royalties came flooding in.

Almost 2,500 cars were made in the first year of production (1923), and within a few years the “big car in miniature” had transformed the fortunes of the Austin Motor Co.

By 1939, when production finally ended, more than 290,000 cars and vans had rolled off the production line.

Austin 7 van

Austin 7 – delightful from every angle

Not many have survived in the pristine condition of this example built in 1928. This charming Austin with green body work and contrasting black wings looks delightful from every conceivable angle.

The simple interior boasts a Smiths speedometer, amperes gauge and black seats and is sign written “Cycle Master Ltd”. For authenticity it still displays a tax disc valid until September 30, 1928 – of course, a vehicle of such maturity is now tax exempt.

Austin 7 van

No wonder the Austin 7 went well at auction

With its body mounted headlights this Austin 7 van is very rare model. No wonder it went well at auction.

It was one of the more graceful exhibits going under the hammer at the Historics autumn auction at Brooklands Motor Museum on November 24. The Austin 7 van went for £21,840.

Don’t want to miss out on the next Brooklands classic car auction? Check out the Historics website.

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