Lot C530


1947/48 Austin 16 Saloon
Reg. no. CBV 66
Chassis no. BS1 30868
Engine no. IB 30500
Launched in 1945, the ‘BS1’ series 16 was Austin’s first new model for the post-war era. While sharing its name with the 16 of 1927-1937, the car was in fact based on the 1939 12, which had been relaunched after the war. While the chassis and body were shared, the 16 benefitted from an all-new 2199cc four-cylinder overhead-valve engine. This produced 67bhp and could propel the car to around 75mph; very respectable performance for the time. Comfortable, sturdy and well-built cars, in the finest Austin tradition, a team of three 16s proved their mettle in the harsh winter of 1947, successfully visiting seven European capitals in seven days, in spite of atrocious conditions. A notable feature of the 16 is the in-built hydraulic jacking system operated from the engine bay; an example of the level of thought that went into Austin cars of the period. Notably, the 1 millionth Austin car produced was a BS1; that car now resides in the British Motor Museum. In total, 35,434 were made.
This example of a 16 is in decent all-round condition; unfortunately, little is known about the history of the car, as it comes from a deceased estate. Subject to a recent repaint, it should provide dependable 1940s motoring, and will certainly stand out – 16s of this era are seldom seen. It will be offered with a V5C.

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£3,000 - 4,000

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