Sold for £16,875
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: GC 187
Chassis No: 95713
So-called because of the proximity in which its four occupants sat, the Austin Seven ‘Chummy’ is arguably the most endearing British car of the Vintage period.
First registered in London on 30th December 1929, ‘GC 187’ has belonged to the vendor’s family for a total of sixty-eight years! Purchased by the seller’s father during 1947 for £103 while he was living and working in Surrey, the Austin was sold on four years later prior to the arrival of his first child. Reacquired during 1958, the four-seater was stored in Hertfordshire until 1985 when it was entrusted to John Foy Ltd for professional restoration. Although, gifted to the vendor in 1990 it would be another three years before he became aware of his good fortune. Driven to an Anniversary Rally at Beaulieu Abbey thereafter, the AD ‘Chummy’ Tourer returned to Hertfordshire during 1994. Laid-up once again, this time for almost three decades, ‘GC 187’ was recommissioned by John Foy Ltd earlier this year with works including the fitting of a new header rail and hood and fresh coolant hoses plus attention to the engine nose piece. Reportedly ‘running and driving well’, the Chummy has yet to cover 1,000 miles since 1958 and is offered with a small car trailer.
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