29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 14

1936 Austin 10/4 Colwyn Cabriolet

Sold for £9,112

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: CHT 279
Chassis No: 82329
MOT: Exempt

  • Rare surviving 10/4 Colwyn Cabriolet which appears to pleasingly retains much of its original upholstery
  • The subject of a major engine and brake overhaul in 2016
  • More recently treated to a new hood and fresh carpets etc

Bridging the gap between the Longbridge based manufacturer's renowned 7hp and 12hp models, the Austin 10hp was launched in 1932. Topping the sales charts throughout the 1930s, the newcomer was based around a sturdy ladder frame chassis equipped with all-round semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension and cable-operated four-wheel drum brakes. Powered by an 1125cc side-valve four-cylinder engine allied to four-speed manual transmission, it was reputedly capable of 55mph and 35mpg. Available with a range of open and closed pressed-steel body styles (all of which located occupants between the axles) the model was subject to continual development. Combining full-framed doors with a three-position convertible roof, the Colwyn Cabriolet was a ‘year round’ proposition. More expensive than its siblings, the four-seater soft-top was updated alongside them gaining a painted radiator surround and synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears in late 1934.

First registered in Bristol (or so its ‘CHT 279’ number plate would imply), this rare surviving Colwyn Cabriolet has self-evidently benefited from much past restoration work. Acquired by a member of the Austin Ten Drivers’ Club in 2002, he treated it to a correct-type reconditioned engine and brake system overhaul some fourteen years later at a cost of circa £4,000. Further improved since passing to its last registered keeper during 2019, the four-seater has had attention paid to its wiring, steering, suspension, exhaust, paintwork and hood. Sporting new carpets but pleasingly retaining the majority of what appears to be its original upholstery, ‘CHT 279’ started readily and ran well during our recent photography session. A charming yet practical 1930s four-seater convertible which will fit in most garages, this diminutive Austin is offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, service manual, Austin Ten Drivers’ Club literature and numerous invoices from the likes of Alderton Austin Services Ltd, Woolies and Auto Engineering of Chard Junction etc.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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Tuesday 28th November 2023 from 12pm to 8pm
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