Gary Leckie

Unique Cars - - AUSTINS ON SHOW – 2017 -

GARY’S 1929 model Roadster ably demon­strates the di­ver­sity avail­able to 1920s Austin buy­ers. Where the Seven is nar­row and ob­vi­ously built with econ­omy in mind, the 12 has room to spare in its main pas­sen­ger area plus a fold-out ‘Dickie’ seat for an ex­tra adult or cou­ple of smaller chil­dren.

Like most cars of its era, the Austin was im­ported as a chas­sis then had body­work lo­cally sup­plied. In the case of this and a sis­ter car which also sur­vives, the body is by Damyan Broth­ers of St Kilda in Vic­to­ria.

The 12 was one of nine cars trucked from Vic­to­ria by the Vin­tage Austin Reg­is­ter. Ac­cord­ing to Gary, all of the own­ers were in­tend­ing to be drive their cars back to Mel­bourne.

“My car is hap­pi­est at 60-65km/h and the oth­ers aren’t much faster so it’s go­ing to take us five days,” he re­vealed. “Then again, with ca­ble op­er­ated brakes - or ‘re­tarders’ as I call them - that speed is plenty.”

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