Lot 2118


1927 Austin 7 Type R Saloon
Reg. no. SV 9751
Chassis no. 46976/A52944
Engine no. 5157
Although there had been affordable small cars before, none of them had come from a company that had the capacity and resources to make them a long-lasting success until Austin launched the Seven. A huge success from the moment deliveries commenced in January 1923, Seven remained in production until 1939. Well built, economical and easily maintained without specialist assistance, the Seven made motoring accessible to many thousands of motorists who otherwise would have had to make do with a motorcycle, or public transport. Its introduction helped save an Austin Company that had almost been crippled by the development and launch of the large 20hp model, and by the mid-1920s the Seven dominated the light car market in Britain. Over the years many different bodies were available, the first saloon appearing in 1926.
Not much is known about the earlier history of this 1927 saloon, other than the previous owners listed on the old log book. Found as a shell on the Isle of Man, it has since been restored over the period 2014-2018. Said to start easily and to be very sprightly on the road, it should also be noted that the engine is a 1924 unit, not 1927 like the car. In very good condition, it is fully functional apart from the charging system which needs looking at – not an uncommon malady for cars of this era. It comes with an old log book and a V5c.

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