19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 87

1938 Austin 10 Cambridge

Sold for £8,100

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: FCD 498
Chassis No: 157117
MOT: Exempt

  • Reputed to have been in the same family ownership for the first 48 years of its life
  • c.4,300 miles recorded said to be genuine
  • Restored by the vendor with 12v conversion, electric fuel pump & isolator switch

The Austin Ten with 4-cylinder engine, which was introduced in May 1932 and made in Birmingham to much the same specification until 1947, quickly became Herbert Austin's top seller during the 1930s. With a three-bearing 21bhp engine of 1.1-litre capacity and 4-speed gearbox with synchromesh from 1934, the mainly saloon model was restyled for the 1935 model year. As with the larger pre-war Austins, the various body styles for the Ten were named after English towns and villages such as the Eton 2-seater, the Ripley Sports Tourer as well as the Sherborne, Lichfield and, as with the car being auctioned here, the Cambridge saloon. By 1939, total production for Tens of all sorts had risen to 161,584 which was sufficient to outsell its 10hp rivals from Morris, Standard and Wolseley. Indeed, Austin remained highly profitable throughout the 1930s with1933 shares oversubscribed eight times and, in 1936, Sir Herbert Austin was created Baron Austin of Longbridge.

Reputed to have been in single-family ownership for the first 48 years of its life c.4,300 miles recorded, said to be genuine. Restored by the vendor with 12v conversion, electric fuel pump & isolator switch. First registered on 1 November 1938, this Austin 10 Cambridge could possibly be the lowest mileage example extant, since we are advised by the vendor that it has covered just c.4,300 miles and that it remained in single family ownership for the first 48 years of its life.

Finished in Oxford Blue with Black leather, FCD 498 was subject to a comprehensive restoration carried out by the vendor and is currently described as being in “very good” condition as regards its bodywork, paintwork, 10hp engine, 4-speed transmission and interior. Offered with assorted expired MOTs dating back to 1967, V5C and an old-style logbook. Numerous spares accompany the car, which also benefits from a fitted suitcase in the boot, 12v conversion, electric fuel pump and an isolator switch.

For more information, please contact:
John Markey
01428 607899


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

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
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