1928 Austin 16/6 Tickford

Highlights

  
  • Rare coachbuilt body by Tickford 
  • Show winning quality restoration 
  • Full history known from new 
 

The Appeal

 
If you enjoy coachbuilt vintage motorcars, then this Austin 16/6 with a body built by Tickford is for you. This car has been expertly restored by the current owner and comes with a wealth of history dating back to its first owners in Denmark. This really is a rare find indeed.
 
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the amount of time, effort, and money the current owner has put into this example. It is possibly better than new and raring to go on its next adventure. 
 
 

The History and Paperwork

 
  • Full history back to when the car was new
  • Sold new in Denmark by K.M. Laursen & Co, Copenhagen 
  • First registered on 12th March 1929, date stamps suggest it was built in November 1928
  • Sold to a Danish nobleman in 1964, the resident Count of Egeskov Castle 
  • Passed through several owners in North Zealand, the small island of Læsø, Ireland then the UK
  • Full restoration carried out by the current owner
  • Only covered 500 miles since rebuild
 
 

 

The Interior

 
  • Seats professionally refurbished
  • New door rollers
  • Mechanical wind-down roof 
 
The interior of this coachbuilt Austin 16/6 is opulent by the standards of the late 1920s. Today it is presented very well thanks to the current owner’s care and attention.
 
The leather seats have all received a full refurbish, so are now presented in amazing condition. There is acres of space in the cabin, the front seats sit on newly re-nickeled runners, and the rear passenger section has enough space to build a house in. You really can stretch out in this interior.
 
The little vase on the offside pillar neatly holds a single flower, which helps evoke the feeling that you are back in the roaring ‘20s.
 
At the crank of a handle, the interior is totally transformed as the roof section raises and then folds away nicely within a matter of seconds. With the roof folded back, you have a lovely light and airy space that can then be reverted quickly should the weather turn for the worse. 
 
It is nice to still see the Laursen & Co. plaque that is fitted to the dashboard and the Salmon & Sons plaque beneath both seats.
 
Overall, the interior condition of this Austin 16/6 is excellent. The current owner has spent a lot of time and money to make sure it looks this good.
 

 

The Exterior 

 
  • Maroon over black paintwork
  • Wheels stripped and powder coated
  • Brightwork has been re-nickled 
 
A few years ago, the body was repainted in maroon over black wings. The wire wheels were stripped and powder coated and with only 500 miles covered since the rebuild, they still look like new. 
 
The material used to cover the folding roof section looks in very good condition. With no rips, tears, or staining to the material at all, it should keep you dry during a typical English summer.
 
All the brightwork on the exterior has been re-plated, except the windscreen frame. It is now so dazzlingly shiny that this car has just won first in class at a car show on its first appearance, further testament to the current owner’s skilful restoration
 
Overall, the exterior is in very good condition you will be getting one stunning looking vehicle that will always look great wherever you go. 
 

 

The Mechanics 

 
  • Full engine rebuild – lifetime guaranteed 
  • Radiator re-cored 
  • Lots of other new mechanical parts
 
This is the section where we see the most expenditure and should further prove that this 16/6 should be your next vintage car. 
 
Austin built their 16/6 with an incredibly intricate 8-bearing crank, which claimed to be vibration free. It is a wonderfully smooth engine, which has been fully rebuilt as part of the £20,000 restoration so now runs better than ever.
 
The engine rebuild, completed by Formhall Vintage Racing, has a lifetime warranty. And as the engine has only covered 500 miles since its rebuild, you should have plenty of worry free miles. 
 
The engine is not where the expenditure stops, the radiator has been re-cored, the water pump has been renewed (with Vintage Austin Register parts), and new hoses have been fitted, along with a refurbished carburettor. To aid fuelling, a refurbished Autovac sourced from Autovac themselves has also been fitted. 
 
The dynamo has been rewound and converted to 2 brushes with an electronic regulator hidden in the bulkhead for reliable charging. This power is then fed along all new armoured cables of appropriate size. A new distributor cap has been fitted along with new plugs, leads, distributor rotor, and points. 
 
The petrol tank was cleaned and powder coated. All the shock absorbers have been refurbished, the rear axle oil seals have been changed and new linings have been fitted to all brakes and also the clutch. 
 
Clearly a huge amount of work has been completed, which now means this Austin fires up first time and runs like a sewing machine.
 
This comprehensively restored Austin 16/6 offers you the pleasure of back-to-basics motoring while still being reliable. There can’t be many examples in such fine mechanical condition.
 

 

Summary

 
The 16/6 is now a rare vintage car and this one is an exceptional example of Austin’s luxury saloon. It comes with amazing history including Danish nobility, and a recent no-expense-spared restoration which should see it through its second century on the road. The Tickford bodied 16/6 was an exclusive car in 1928, so nearly 100 years later it’s even rarer.
 
Don’t miss out on this, it may be your only chance to own a car like this in such fine condition. 
 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1928
  • Make Austin
  • Model Six All Weather Saloon (Coachwork by Salmons & Sons)
  • Colour Maroon & Black
  • Odometer 6,867 Kilometers
  • Engine size 2249
  • Town Knebworth
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
14 bids from 6 bidders
  • mark-wa•••• £19,750 09/08/22
  • Markoli•••• £19,000 09/08/22
  • mark-wa•••• £18,000 08/08/22
  • Chrig86 £17,000 08/08/22
  • Markoli•••• £16,000 08/08/22
  • chris-c•••• £15,250 06/08/22
  • mark-wa•••• £15,000 05/08/22
  • Chrig86 £14,000 05/08/22
  • Markoli•••• £13,500 04/08/22
  • mark-wa•••• £13,000 04/08/22

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