The Seven light car was introduced in 1922 by Sir Herbert Austin and it became the equivalent of Britain’s Model T bringing car ownership to the masses. Herbert Austin had financed the creation of the new car himself and had patented his innovations in his own name and charged Austin Motor Company royalties on the use of those patents per car.
The Austin Seven was powered by a 696cc side valve in-line four-cylinder engine rated at 7.2hp which was increased in capacity to 747cc in March 1923 (10.5hp). Carburetor was a single downdraft type, and the engine was started by crank-handle with an electric starter fitted from 1923.
From 1923 the Austin Motor company introduced the “C” cab van which sold for 180 GBP and contracted production to Thomas Startin in Birmingham.
This example is an earlier 1927 derivative, was restored by well-known classic car enthusiast approximately 20 years ago and has been owned by well-known Cape Town car collectors since. It is in good condition, runs & drives well and is always one of the favourite attractions at events and car shows.
The Austin Seven has a very important place in motoring history as together with cars such as the Ford Model T, Volkswagen Beetle and Fiat 500 made purchasing a motor car attainable for the working class. This Austin Seven C cab van is a great example and would be a proud addition to any car collection.
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