1929 Austin 7 Taylor Semi Sports

Make: Austin
Model: 7 Taylor Semi Sports
Year: 1929
Registration Number: PO 30
Chassis Number: 62571
Engine Number: M63030
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Sold For: £18975

Auction Date: 5 December 2013
Lot No: 228

The Austin Seven has appeared in many forms since its origins, but here we have one of the rarest survivors in quite delightful two seat sports form, built on a 1928 chassis from Longbridge by the coachbuilders H. Taylor and Co. Ltd of South Kensington. The chassis was modified and strengthened to Special Sports specification to receive this particular coachwork.

The body was constructed on an ash frame, clad in steel and featured a high tail line that drops away beautifully to the rear. Two doors aid access to the surprisingly roomy two seat cockpit and a neat set of instruments and controls are set in a wood dashboard.

PO30 was apparently restored by Crofts of Purley in 1969. The present custodian purchased the motor car in 1999 and it has appeared at many shows and events since that time. The standard 747 cc magneto engine has received careful attention from the vendor and it runs very sweetly indeed, driving as normal through a three speed gearbox. A new battery has very recently been fitted.

The Austin is finished in red with silver-grey paintwork. The marine type scuttle vents (in front of the V windscreen) are an added feature, and the folding hood with side screens offers the possibility of all-year, exciting vintage motoring.

The vendor has taken great pains to find out as much history about the motor car as possible and this is contained in a large file and box of correspondence, photographs, old MOT test certificates and registration certificates (including the V5 and V5C) appertaining to it.

There is thought to be around three surviving Austin Sevens fitted with Taylor coachwork. It is a far cry from the numerous ‘specials’ built from discarded Rubys and the like. The chance of acquiring another is thus slim indeed and we earnestly recommend serious consideration be given to this charming little vehicle, which would obviously be very welcome at numerous vintage events.