1935 Austin 10 Lichfield Four Door Sunshine Saloon

Make: Austin
Model: 10 Lichfield Four Door Sunshine Saloon
Year: 1935
Registration Number: AOR 258
Chassis Number: GRB20556
Engine Number: 67399
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Guide Price: £4750 - 5750
Road Tax Exempt

The Austin Ten was first produced in 1932 with a ladder chassis and  six volt electrics. It was aimed at the family market, between the successful Seven and the reliable, but larger Twelves. It proved very popular and by 1935 the chassis had been strengthened with a cruciform centre section and twelve volt electrics fitted. The chrome plated radiator surround was replaced by a painted version, front suspension was improved and second gear provided with synchromesh. Road tests of the period were complimentary about the ride and handling and enjoyed the 50mph cruising speed. The 1125cc side valve engine produced 21 bhp and drove through a four speed manual gearbox to a live rear axle.

This particular Lichfield will delight those seeking originality. Everything from the blue and black paintwork to the interior with its charming blue leather upholstery cloth headlining and sunshine roof, is as found in 1935. Unsurprisingly the front floor covering is missing, and the boot compartment could be improved, but the wooden instrument panel and door surrounds are all there. We are told the engine runs sweetly and mechanically all is good but the vendor has pointed out that the ignition switch could be replaced. Flashing indicators are the only apparent concession to modern motoring.

Certainly it has had one careful lady owner for the last twenty one years; it had been owned by the custodian’s family for the previous seven and had just two owners prior to that.  

There is a V5C registration certificate and its replacement, two old V5 documents, an RF60 registration book, some interesting historical documentation and a wiring diagram. The Austin Ten Driver’s Club is excellent and offers help with spares and technical advice, arranging national and local meetings and shows.

Auction Date: 25 November 2021