1922-1939 AUSTIN SEVEN
Introduced by Austin as an affordable family car, a number of bodystyles were made available, fitted to the basic A-shaped chassis. The early cars, referred to as Chummies, were open tourers with room for Mum, Dad and two children. Box saloon production followed between 1929 and 1934. Further refinements saw the Ruby introduced from 1934, with the Big Seven, offering two- and four-door options, being the ultimate choice. About 290,000 Austin Sevens were produced, of which around 12,000 are known to survive worldwide, so supply of cars and parts is pretty good. Later cars are not only cheaper to buy, they are also easier to maintain – though the appeal of wiggling an open-tourer, special or two-seater sports model up a muddy hill might sway the mind and the wallet!
BETTER BUY LaTER Later cars have fourspeed gearbox and synchro, plus linked brakes. Ensure bodywork and trim – especially on box saloons – are reasonable.
HEAD, NOT HEART It’s easy to fall for a down-at-heel project Seven, but unless you’re a skilled home mechanic or have deep pockets this can be a long haul.
FOLLOW THE PAPERWORK Ideally, the Seven will be a runner and will come with a bulging history file. Some recent paperwork, such as a voluntary MOT, would also be an advantage. WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £11,000+ GOOD £7000-9500 USABLE £3750-6500 PROJECT £2000-3000
AUSTIN SEVEN ENGINE 747cc/4-cyl/SV POWER 12bhp@2400rpm TORQUE Unknown MAXIMUM SPEED 51mph 0-60mPh N/A FUEL CONSUMPTION 38-42mpg TRANSMISSION RWD, four-speed man