Austin Seven Ar­row will fly again

Classic Sports Car - - Lost & Found -

Thorn­bury-based mem­bers of the Bris­tol Austin 7 Club be­came aware of an un­usual Seven in a lo­cal gar­den a while ago. “Many in our fra­ter­nity peeked through the fence, but only two took the bold step of knock­ing on the door to ask for a view­ing,” said Ron Hayhurst.

From a pic­ture taken in 1990, Austin Seven Ar­row reg­is­trar Jim Black­lock was able to iden­tify the car as be­ing a 1932 long-wheel­base Ar­row Sports Four­some, 17 of which are known to sur­vive.

When Austin Seven en­thu­si­asts Gra­ham and Frances Byles moved into the Bris­tol area, they heard of the car and Gra­ham was even­tu­ally able to buy it. An ex­pert wood­worker, he be­gan a restora­tion and started to repli­cate each piece of the car’s rot­ting wooden frame, but be­came dis­tracted and the Austin re­mained un­fin­ished.

Fol­low­ing Byles’ death last year, the car has since passed to an­other club mem­ber, who now plans to com­plete the re­build.

The 1932 Ar­row was res­cued from this Bris­tol gar­den but never quite got fully re­stored

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