Austin Seven Arrow will fly again
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