1928 Austin 7 Fabric Saloon

Now sold and moved on to pastures new.

Reg no: PK1689
Chassis no: 62639
Car no: A6-4684
Engine no: 67675/M27513
Body no: 874


From the advert on the VSCC website
1928 Austin 7hp Fabric Saloon. Pretty, very original car with provenance, sympathetically restored 1980s.

Tim Reynolds the previous owner describes the car, thus...

Fabric motor bodies were a popular choice in the late 1920’s, being light and cheap to build but they were not long-lived. Most fabric bodied cars had a life of about 5 years or less from new and are a rare sight today, compared with the number built originally.

Austin were slow to build a saloon body for the 7hp chassis; most early Austin Seven saloons sported bodies by Mulliner or Gordon England. However in late 1926, an aluminium body was being built (type R) and in early 1928, a lighter, cheaper, fabric saloon appeared. The shape of this body carried on as the “RK” or “Wydoor” saloon, being built in both fabric and aluminium versions until 1930.

This car is an early version, registered at the end of May 1928, carrying a magneto engine, black radiator and scuttle headlamps. It was supplied new by Wimbledon Motor Works and cost £127.10.0d.

Here is letter from Wimbledon Motor Works and the buff logbook.

The car was owned in the 1950’s and 1960’s by a clerical family and was still wearing original factory fabric. However, by the 1980’s, it was necessary to recover the body, which has been done with a pleasant red-brown material. Much of the interior is original with some of the headlining being retained and the seat backs being in the original rexine.

The car has been little used since restoration but is a lively performer due to its low weight and is running well. It was driven to the A7CA Warwick rally in July 2012.

Here is list of known work carried in last 12 years.

The Car Various pictures

Out and About - various events and trips

Clutch - Curing the lost travel

Back Axle - Crown wheel and pinion replaced

Window - Glass was broken

CAV Dynamo - rebuilt

New Number plate - painted by Ian Sly

Article submitted to Bristol Austin Seven Club

Article submitted to Hereford Austin Seven Club


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