Lot 2110


1928 Austin 12/4 New Windsor
Reg. no. FU 9399
Chassis no. ST/C20359
Engine no. 74407L
Production of Austin motorcars began in 1907, and by the start of the Great War the company had acquired a deserved reputation for quality. During the war, company founder Herbert Austin had a Hudson Super Six as his personal transport and saw in it many features he admired. His first post-war car, the 20, was very much inspired by the Hudson, featuring a central gearchange and right-hand accelerator – both viewed as American features, but which have of course proved lasting. 1922 saw the introduction of one of the company’s most successful designs, the Heavy 12/4 – in many ways a scaled-down 20. It featured a side valve mono-block engine of 1661cc, from late 1926 1860cc. These cars were renowned for their strength and reliability and remained in production until 1939. Today, they are among the most popular and best-supported cars of their era.
This 12/4 was manufactured in 1928 but registered in 1929. The New Windsor saloon shared its body with the Burnham, but there were subtle differences on the interior – the New Windsor has buttoned upholstery, for example. This car retains most of its original interior, apart from the front seat squabs, which have been re-covered in matching leather. The rest of the car is in excellent condition; the engine was restored a few years ago and converted to coil ignition, and has only covered nominal mileage since, while the radiator is new and of the correct honeycomb type. In the interests of safety, flashing indicators have been fitted. The car was first registered to Lincolnshire transport company TH Gosling, which was still in existence until a few years ago; the vendor is just the fourth owner and the car retains its original Lincolnshire registration. It comes with an old-style buff logbook and a V5c.

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