30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 20

1930 Austin Seven 'Ulster' Evocation

Sold for £18,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: SV 7447
Chassis No:

  • SV 7447 is a replica of the Dougie Van Riet ‘Ulster’ and was built from the chassis up in South Africa
  • Chassis number declared was allocated by the South African licensing authorities, and is recorded on the V5C as a 'sports' body.
  • Specification includes 4 speed gearbox, banjo rear axle, bowed front axle etc.
  • In addition to routine maintenance recent works includes an engine overhaul by Ian Bancroft
  • Large paperwork file includes quantity of invoices and records
  • In regular use until recently the vendor advises a check over before use

Apparently inspired by the Peugeot Quadrilette, the now immortal Austin Seven was announced in 1922. It is amazing to think that its tiny splash-lubricated 696cc (soon increased to 747cc) engine was the design of an 18-year old draughtsman called Stanley Edge, and the Seven immediately became the smallest four cylinder-engined car on the British market. It featured four-wheel brakes, suspension by semi-elliptic transverse spring at the front, quarter elliptic units at the rear and steering by worm and wheel. Taken to heart by the British public, the Seven remained in production from 1922 until 1939, during which time some 290,000 were produced. It was also manufactured under license in France, Germany, Japan and America. Many examples were adopted by special builders (Colin Chapman's first Lotus was based on an Austin Seven) or simply run into the ground. The remaining cars are a vital element of the Vintage movement.

‘SV 7447’ is a replica of the Dougie Van Riet ‘Ulster’ and was built from the chassis up in South Africa (apparently with access to the Van Riet car,) the present ‘Seven Enthusiast’ (and commercial pilot) owner acquiring the car c.1990 in Cape Town whilst stationed in South Africa. Having formed an attachment to the car in South Africa he brought SV home with him on his return to the UK in 1998.

The Austin 7 being auctioned was manufactured in 1930 by the Austin Motor Company at their Birmingham Longbridge plant. The chassis number declared, was allocated by the South African licensing authorities, and is recorded on the V5C. The V5C also correctly records body type as ‘Sports’. The 'EA Sports' body or 'Ulster' had no doors and was aluminium. With a specification that includes a 4 speed gearbox, banjo rear axle and bowed front axle, in addition to routine maintenance, recent work includes an engine overhaul by Ian Bancroft, incorporating a Phoenix crank, attention to the brakes and a steering overhaul. A large paperwork file includes a quantity of invoices, old MOTs, photos and old South African tax discs. In regular use until recently, the vendor advises a check over before use and also advises the rev counter is not working.

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Parker


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 29th November 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 30th November 2022 from 9am

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