1931 Austin Seven Saloon

Make: Austin
Model: Seven Saloon
Year: 1931
Registration Number: OV 2103
Chassis Number: A13672
Engine Number: M137496
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £3080

Auction Date: 19 September 2013
Lot No: 239

Promoted as “The Best Small Car in the World” during the pre-War years and apparently able to carry 4 adults up to a combined weight of 40 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 other vehicle currently on offer.

The current custodian has owned this part restored Seven Saloon for forty-five years. As well as making new ash framing for the roof of the motor car, together with a rear window frame, we understand that the vendor has also carried out a steering and suspension overhaul, with new spring shackles, bushes and discs in the front and rear shock absorbers. Much hard work has been lavished on this part-restored Seven, and we are informed that all parts are ‘pretty much there’. With Austin Seven prices now soaring, OV 2103 surely must be a worthwhile project.

Importantly, the V5C registration certificate is supplied, together with the RF60 registration book.