1926 Austin 7 - today's historic tempter

By: Unique Cars magazine


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Little car, big influence

Don’t let the Noddy-in-Toyland looks fool you, this was an immensely influential model in the history of motoring. To use just one example, BMW got its start in the small car market by building variants of the Austin 7 under licence as a ‘Dixi’.

Replicas were also produced by Nissan, though it’s unclear whether they were licenced.

Austin 7s were, across the decades, the British equivalent to a Model T, in that it provided cheap transport during the 1920s when money was tight and motoring traditionally had formerly been for the wealthy few. This car helped to change that.

Owners inevitably raced them, and a remarkable number of high-profile race careers started in cut-down and hotted-up 7s.

The car was built in various guises from 1923 to 1939.

If you were into this model, this might be the one to get. The seller claims a known history since 1932 and has been in the same ownership for 53 years. Located in Melbourne, it’s on the market for $26,995.

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