19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 86

1932 Austin Seven RN Saloon
No Reserve

Sold for £5,400

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JH 2717
Chassis No: 157362
MOT: Exempt

  • Valued by the Essex Austin Seven Club at £12,500 in December 2021
  • Extensively restored by its previous keeper with work being completed during the mid-1980s
  • Running and driving but would benefit from further recommissioning
  • Resident on the King's Road in Chelsea during the Swinging Sixties

By 1930, ‘tin tops’ had overtaken open tourers in popularity prompting Austin to produce a ‘Box Saloon’ derivative of its immortal Seven. The newcomer featured a steel body bolted to its A-frame chassis. Steering was by worm & wheel and the gutsy 747cc side-valve four-cylinder engine developed some 24bhp at 4,500 rpm - enough to propel the compact four-seater to 60mph for those brave enough to try! Fuel consumption was rated at 35-40 mpg, while braking was by cable operated drums all round. Introduced in 1932, the RN series sat on a six-inch longer wheelbase to the benefit of rear seat passengers. Replaced in 1934 by the more modern Ruby model, these charming Saloons are the final iteration of the original ‘vintage’ design concept.

Issued with the Hertfordshire number plate ‘JH 2717’ on August 1st 1932, this delightful RN Saloon had relocated to the King’s Road in Chelsea by the mid-1960s. Apparently found abandoned on an East London building site the following decade, the diminutive ‘tin top’ was rescued by Mr D. Murkett. An upholsterer by profession, as well as a member of the Essex Austin Seven Club, he subsequently treated the RN Saloon to an extensive restoration. Returning to the road during 1985, ‘JH 2717’ was used and enjoyed for the next ten years before being put into dry storage. Purchased by the vendor in 2021 after forty-five years of Murkett family ownership, the four-seater is now running and driving once more. However, further recommissioning would be advisable should reliable / frequent road usage be envisaged. Offered for sale with an Essex Austin Seven Club report valuing it at £12,500, ‘JH 2127’ is also accompanied by a continuation logbook, Seven Workshop parts invoice, post-restoration photos and assorted DVLA correspondence etc.


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


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