Lot 1929

Description:

1933 Austin Heavy 12/4 \'Harrow\' 2-seater and dickey
Reg. no. OC 4219
Chassis no. 74538
Engine no. 75066
From 1931, when the Light 12 range was introduced, the 12/4 was referred to as the Heavy 12 to avoid confusion. As was Austin’s way, a huge variety of bodies were offered over the years, the one featured on this car – the Harrow – being one of the rarest. Offered only in 1933, this is thought to be the last known example of this body style.
OC4219 has a fascinating history; it was bought in 1934 by a Captain Wilfred South, who then took it to work with him – in what is now Ghana. Captain South retired to the UK in 1938 and the car came back with him; it also accompanied him to Ireland and the Isle of Man (where it was re-registered as PMN 808). Captain South finally gave the car away in the 1970s. Purchased at auction in 1991, it was then used for several continental trips; the result is an extremely well-travelled Austin! More recently it passed into the hands of the vendor – finally, as he had first seen and fallen in love with the car as a schoolboy in 1957, and had several near misses in his efforts to acquire it! Respectfully known as ‘Captain’, the car is said to be capable of cruising all day at 50mph thanks to its 1861cc four cylinder engine and four speed gearbox. In good condition with very good engine, chassis and bodywork, this unique car would provide stylish 30s motoring at its most accessible – club support and spares supply for Austins of this vintage is excellent. The car comes with a large history file detailing the interesting history, plus a V5c and several old MOT certificates.

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£12,000-15,000

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