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Chassis No. 46850
Engine No. M76006
For restoration

Engine: four cylinder, side valve, 747cc, 11 bhp; Gearbox: three-speed sliding mesh; Suspension: transverse semi-elliptic front, quarter elliptic, live axle rear; Brakes: four-wheel non-interlinked mechanical. Right hand drive

From its introduction in 1922 the Austin Seven carried lightweight open tourer bodywork, earning the nickname "Chummy" due to its small proportions meaning passengers had to be fairly friendly to travel anywhere! As production developed many different forms of bodywork were offered; the Chummy remained popular, and the confines of its bodywork became slightly more accommodating. Later Chummies are distinguishable by their upright windscreens, flat sided scuttle, and deeper hood arrangement. By the year of production of this example the Seven was in its heyday, and continued to sell extremely well into the mid-1930s.

This Austin Seven had been stored in a barn for several decades until discovered last year by Christie's. Fortunately it retains a V5 registration document from which we have been able to confirm that the car was originally registered on 24th September 1928, and would have been in London when new as designated by the "YX" prefix. Beyond this no other history is known.

Today the car is in need of complete restoration, although it is clear that an attempt has been made to start this work (perhaps at the outset of Sharpe Family ownership); the body was either replaced with the current Chummy body it wears or repanelled to this form.
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