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  Lot 60
Lot 60 - 1928 Austin Seven Mulliner Fabric Saloon

1928 Austin Seven Mulliner Fabric Saloon

Sold for £5,062

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: WK 4824
Chassis No: 55342
Mot Expiry: None

"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). Throughout a lifetime of continual revision and development, the Seven never lost its charm.
This particular example is apparently the second oldest Mulliner saloon on the Mulliner Austin Seven register. Understandably very rare, its coachbuilt fabric body, beige chequered cloth upholstery and engine are all thought to be original. A long time museum exhibit, we are advised that it will require recommissioning before road use (though the redoubtable 747cc powerplant is said to be in running order). Judged by the vendor to be in good overall condition and benefiting from rebuilt wire wheels, this historic coachbuilt Seven is offered for sale with its initial buff logbook, green continuation logbook, V5C registration document and original Austin warranty.
PLEASE NOTE: We have not had this vehicle running.

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