1926 Austin Seven AD
The Austin 7, when it was first introduced in 1922, represented the
freedom of the open road, the ability to go to places you simply
couldn't get to on public transport, it was the opening up of a
whole new world for people who could afford one. It was sort of
like Britain's equivalent of the American Model T Ford, except a
little smaller, and a little cheaper to run, but still loads of
fun. Herbert Austin was determined to build a "real car" that was
small enough, and inexpensive enough for people in the middle and
professional classes to afford. The idea for the Austin 7 was born.
Curiously this history would partly repeat itself in the years
after the Second World War and result in the creation of the
For consignment, a cracking little car that was built for the
masses, we give you a 1926 Austin Seven AD, (the AD was thought to
stand for ADventure!). This shiny little convertible can seat 4 or
even 5 if one is a bit smaller in stature for the back seat. It is
in very nice condition overall, however has not run in several
years due to it needing a starter. Let's check out the British
version of the model T. And all from a company which would
eventually lead to the creation of Jaguar.
An all steel body is led by a black radiator surround with an
Austin badge, temp gauge radiator topper and a hand crank. A small
steel plate would serve as the bumper if you will, and shows a bit
of rust. Flanking the radiator on either side are curvaceous black
fenders which eventually turn into running boards and move rearward
into a small back fender framing the rear spoked wheels. These all
present in black, just like the firewall exterior mounted
headlights just below a shiny window frame. The body is all rust
free and is bathed in red, from the bonnet to the doors and side
panels, and the back of the car which has a spare tyre attached to
another black steel plate bumper. On top is a canvas folding top
which opens up the entire cockpit to the fresh air. This is a
contrasting beige color canvas and is in very nice condition and
includes a small rear window. Nice and tidy, a mini model T and
A right hand drive car and really the first car to utilize a 3
pedal setup which included a petrol pedal, brake pedal and a
clutch. ( Model T's used pedals to shift and are somewhat confusing
to drive comparatively). The doors are covered in smooth black
vinyl as are the padded and tuck and rolled bomber styled buckets
in front and a bench for the back. A simple black full metal jacket
dash houses a few instruments and is fronted by a large steering
wheel with a throttle lever firmly placed in its center. On the
black carpet and rubber floors we see a handbrake which operates
the front brakes, and the rear braking is reserved for the floor
pedal. A horizontal shift lever reaches for the driver's left hand.
A view of the inside of the top reveals black framing and clean
beige canvas above.
Under the cowled bonnet is a snappy little flathead 4 cylinder
engine which measures out to be 747cc's it pumps out 10.5hp, is fed
by a 1 barrel carburetor, and has a 3 speed manual transmission.
The overall engine bay is in nicely preserved condition, and
consignor states that although it currently does not start due to
needing a new starter, the car will run well. On the back is a 4.4
On the bottom we can see some patina black paint but very little
rust. On front the ride is provided by transverse leaf springs, and
the rear takes on quarter elliptical leaf springs. Mechanical drum
brakes are on all 4 corners and these are in the center of 19 inch
wire wheels. The exhaust system is in good condition.
As noted it needs a starter so I could not have the enjoyment of
driving this car.
"Nearly everybody's got a motor car today
Whatever make it is, it's the best of all, they say.
Well you can keep your 'Austin Cowley' and your 'Essex Six'
Believe me, they're not in it with my little bag of tricks
It's an Austin Seven, a little baby Austin
The cutest little car upon the road..."
From a 1932 song written and sung by Clarkson rose, it sums it up
nicely. Not oft seen from jolly old England, with a new starter
will provide eye-catching looks and plenty of
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barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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