1927 Austin 7 Chummy

Make: Austin
Model: 7 Chummy
Year: 1927
Registration Number: OT 8870
Chassis Number: C 49659
Engine Number: M 53300
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £17820

Promoted as “The Best Small Car in the World” during the pre-War years and apparently able to carry up to a combined weight of forty stones plus 56lbs of luggage in comfort, the Austin Seven delighted the motoring public of the time. So much so in fact that it seems to have destroyed many of the Cyclecar manufacturers in the process. In a time when the nation’s economy was struggling, the Austin Seven, we are told, brought more ‘Smiles per gallon’ than any of its other motoring competitors, and was offered in a variety of guises. Amongst the most popular was the Chummy, which could take four people for a burst of unforgettable open air motoring.

OT 8870 is a relatively early and highly collectable example, having scuttle mounted headlamps, a bulkhead mounted fuel tank and a magneto ignited engine. It came off the Longbridge assembly line in October 1927 and the Winchester Records Office state that it was first registered to a K.T. Sykes of Andover, hence the Hampshire OT registration plate. In fact the current owner, who has owned the Chummy since 1998, also lives in the county. He tells us that the motor car was restored in 1992 by Austin expert Barry Gundry and a new body by Roach Manufacturing Ltd was fitted. It has been seen regularly at local shows and events, winning Best in Show or Best in Class on several occasions, notably at Beaulieu national Austin Seven rallies.

The motor car remains in very smart condition; the paintwork is very good and there are excellent side screens and a fine hood. The original wiper motor and blade is present (the blade consists of chamois leather wrapped over the actual blade which works effectively when wet!). Upholstery is in blue and equally good, the instruments are all in place and work, although the vendor tells us that he disconnected the oil pressure button. The engine starts easily and runs well through the three speed gearbox. Wheels and tyres are all good, so the Austin appears ready to be enjoyed. The only reason it is being offered for sale is that the vendor’s knees are no longer suited to the driving position, so he prefers to use his MG B as daily transport.

The Chummy comes with the V5C registration certificate, various past MOT test certificates and a file of information etc, including a copy of an article in Practical Classics magazine illustrating this actual motor car.