Lot 2142


1934 Austin 7 Speedy
Reg. no. WO 7816
Chassis no. 186128
Engine no. M241802
By 1934, the Austin Seven was already twelve years old but it’s popularity was still as strong as ever. Indeed, the range had continued to develop and expand, ranging from basic tourers and saloons, perfect for family motoring, to 2-seat sports models which had much competition success in the lower-capacity formulae. One such sports model was the EK75, also known as the Speedy. Produced in low numbers – estimates are around the 36 mark – this had a much-improved version of the 747cc engine, incorporating a pressure-fed crankshaft. Power was raised to 23bhp – this can have quite a dramatic effect in a car as light as an Austin Seven! Also benefitting from a close-ratio gearbox and large 12-gallon fuel tank, this was a car that was equally at home on the road as in competition.
This Speedy is one of only about 16 known to survive; according to the Speedy register it may have been built by Coopers of Putney with the body supplied by Austin. Restored in the 1960s by Michael Stewart, founder of the Speedy register, it then spent time at Syon Park Motor Museum. Purchased by the vendor in 1981, the engine and gearbox were stripped and checked in 1984. In 2005 and 2006, this car was on the Pre-War Austin Seven Club’s stand at the NEC Classic Car Show; in fact, the vendor states it has only done a handful of miles since the 1960s restoration, and it remains in good condition. The car comes with a V5c and an old-style logbook.

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