1928/9 Austin 7 Semi-Sports with rare coachwork by Taylor & Co. Ltd – one of four known
Reg. no. PO 30
Chassis no. M63030
Engine no. 62571
Launched in 1923, the Austin Seven soon transformed the British motor industry. It was produced in hitherto unheard-of numbers for a British car, and before long Sevens were available in all sorts of forms, both from the factory and from external coachbuilders. There was a Seven for everyone, from families wanting their first car to racing drivers looking to win at Brooklands. Offered here is an extremely rare and attractive example of a Seven sporting a semi-sports body by an external coachbuilder.
H. Taylor and Co. Limited were coachbuilders in Kensington, and between 1927 and 1931 they constructed approximately 180 semi-sports bodies on chassis supplied by the Austin factory at Longbridge. The chassis supplied for this car was actually constructed in 1928, but was not registered for the road until 1929, being assigned the distinctive Sussex registration PO 30, which is still carries. The first owner was a Commander Crebbin, who was to keep the car until 1950; all of the car’s five subsequent owners before the current vendor are known. The car has been restored twice, in the 1960s and 2000s, with thorough documentation for both. More recently, in 2014, the car underwent a professional engine and clutch rebuild by GM Seven Services, including new pistons and rings, honing of the cylinder block, a new clutch, and new oil seals and gaskets. That same year, a new hood and spare wheel cover were made by K. Baggs Trimming. The spare wheel was reconditioned by Tudor Wheels in 2019.
Now, the car is in very good all-round condition, and is running well. It comes with exceptionally detailed documentation, with a huge collection of invoices, details of its two restorations, information about the coachbuilder, and historical pictures. It has also featured frequently in Austin Seven and light car publications. It is also a considerable rarity – of the 180 or so built, there are thought to be as few as four Taylor Semi-Sports Sevens left – two in the UK, one in the US, and one in Switzerland. With the Austin Seven centenary coming up in 2022, what better vehicle in which to attend than an exceptionally pretty and rare original special-bodied example?
This car is offered with a V5c and various bills.
**Please note lower estimate.**
Extra details and estimates:
£16,000 - 18,000
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