Lot 1907


1927 Austin 20/4 Ranelagh Landaulette
Reg. no. FL 5940
Chassis no. SPL133/4
Engine no. P514676
Herbert Austin loved building big cars and it is well documented that the Austin 20\'s design originated from a Hudson, in which Herbert had riden around whilst in the USA. Austin\'s one model policy in a war-weary Edwardian Britain didn\'t prove successful, and although the 20 was a great car, the war had changed the world and big expensive cars, often chauffeur driven, were just not what was required. As early as 1921 Herbert Austin was planning two new models, that were effectively scaled down versions of the 20, and it was the more affordable 12/4 and the 7 that saved the Austin company. The 20 however was a good car that the company continued to produce, clothed in various coachwork. The Ranelagh was the most luxurious model in the range, with a saloon and a landaulette version produced. There are very few 20 saloons and only a couple of 4-cylinder Ranelaghs remain. FL 5940 is a well documented car having been owned for many years by Austin enthusiast, George Buxton, and it has not been restored, just kept on the road and enjoyed. It\'s current owner states that the engine runs very well, although there is a minor crack in the water jacket. Essentially this is a car that could easily be used and enjoyed as is, but equally full restoration may be preferred. It is offered here with a V5c.

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