1927 Austin Heavy 12/4 Two Seat Tourer with Dickey by Mulliner
Model: Heavy 12/4 Two Seat Tourer with Dickey by Mulliner
Registration Number: BF 9746
Chassis Number: 4TS6643
Engine Number: 73073L
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Lot No: 220
After the First World War, like most other motor car manufacturers of the time, Austin focussed on a ‘high end’ product in the Austin 20 introduced in 1919. When sales of this model were slower than expected, the Twelve, effectively a scaled down version, was introduced in 1921. With a four cylinder side valve engine (increased from 1661cc to 1861cc in 1926), mated to a four speed gearbox, live rear axle and perpendicular styling, this model enjoyed much more success, with sales peaking at 14,000 units in 1927. These motor cars came to enjoy a great reputation for dependability, which continues to this day.
Based in Bordesley Green, Mulliners Limited of Birmingham began as a coach and carriage building business in Leamington Spa before 1883. The company diversified into scientific instrumentation before moving onto motor vehicle bodies in the late 1890s. In partnership with Wigley, artillery was also produced. After the odd scandal and a take-over or two, 1924 saw the concentration of efforts into the coachbuilt bodies, with customers such as Austin, Clyno, Hillman and Lanchester providing chassis for more discerning clientele.
This rare and desirable Heavy 12/4 features a narrow chassis and attractive coachwork by Mulliner, with the bonus of a Dickey seat. The overall condition of the Austin is particularly good, especially with regard to the high standard fit of the doors and panel work, together with the paintwork, which was resprayed in 2007. The upholstery is in good order, having been replaced at some point in the past, and the weather equipment is in good, serviceable condition.
Mechanically, we understand that there are no issues and the motor car performs as it should. Two new 6 volt batteries have recently been fitted, and there is a modified starter switch, but with the original still in place.
The history file includes the RF60 registration book, the replacement V5C registration certificate, sundry MOT test certificates and a DVLA keeper history document, confirming the current owner purchased the car in 2006 from the previous custodian, who had owned the Austin since 1984, resulting in just two owners in thirty eight years.