Sold for £10,688
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: YC 8194
Chassis No: 103787
"One of the immortal designs in motoring history is the Austin Seven, for upon its introduction, it rendered the cycle-car obsolete, set a high standard for the economical car, and made motoring possible for the first time for thousands of families. It is surely no exaggeration to say that it was as great an advance in its own sphere as were the 1901 Mercedes and the 1907 Rolls-Royce in theirs, capturing the imagination as few cars have done before or since" (Cecil Clutton, The Vintage Motor Car)
Arguably the forefather of mass motoring 'giants' such as the Volkswagen Beetle, Citroen 2CV and BMC Mini, the Austin Seven was launched in 1922. An extremely versatile design, its simple but well executed A-frame, leaf-sprung chassis played host to a bewildering range of derivatives from Brooklands single-seaters to two-speed tractors (all powered by the ubiquitous, four-cylinder, sidevalve 747cc engine). Though, it is perhaps in the guise of a 'Chummy' tourer that the model is most fondly remembered. Continuing spares availability means that owning a Chummy in the 21st Century is still a practical proposition as well as being a great entry into the Vintage Sports Car Club. As with any car whose running gear seems nigh-on unbreakable many Sevens were plundered by post-WW2 'special' builders or simply run into the ground.
First registered in Somerset on 22nd January 1930 (or so its number plate would imply), ‘YC 8194’ entered the current family ownership some eighty-seven years later on the understanding it was ‘a delightfully original and unmolested car’ that had been with its immediately preceding keepers for four decades. Featured in the TV-series 'Sam' which ran from 1973-75 starring Mark McManus and Michael Goodlife, the diminutive four-seater has not been started or run for the last few years and as such will require recommissioning / refurbishment before use. Accompanying paperwork includes the most recent purchase invoice for £10,800, V5C Registration Document and several old MOT certificates dating back to 1982.
All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.
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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Wed, 27th Jul 2022
Tuesday 26th July 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 9am
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