1932 Austin 7 Box Saloon


  • Resprayed in cellulose in 2020/2021
  • New leather seats fitted
  • Featured in Classic Motoring magazine in June 2011
  • In current ownership for 5 years

The Appeal

The Austin 7 - often called the 'Baby Austin' - was effectively the British and European Model T. Previously known for their larger motors, the 7 was Austin's economy car for the new age, and an immediate hit. From 1923 to 1939, nearly 300,000 were built - and that's not counting the licensing that seemed to span the world in very short order.

This particular 1932 example, with its distinctive box saloon bodywork, comes to us in a fine two-tone colour scheme with much of its period character proudly on display. Eminently usable, it won't take much to bring this fine vintage up to concourse. Its marvellous two-tone colour scheme, rich cabin and endearing, squat proportions guarantee a real headturner out on the road, or in a car show line up.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1932
  • The DVLA records 6 previous keepers
  • A colour change is noted by the DVLA in 1982
  • Limited known history before previous owner
    • Thought to have been owned by an elderly gentleman who intended to restore it but passed away
    • Sold by his Estate
  • Purchased in June 2019 from a lady who owned it for 14 years
    • She sold it due to unexpected house renovation costs
  • Owner selling due to health issues after 5 years of ownership
  • Serviced by owner on an ad hoc basis due to minimal use
  • Featured in an article on the Austin 7 in Classic Motoring in June 2011
    • Copy of the article with photos available
  • Currently indicates 13,600 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • The vendor notes that the odometer seems to have seized
  • Historic vehicle, ergo MOT and ULEZ exempt 

The Condition

  • Bodywork shows some areas dents or dings
  • Resprayed in cellulose in 2020/2021
    • Not a perfect job but reasonable
    • Some light signs of wear and areas of overspray
  • Chromework is showing a few signs of pitting
  • Wheels could use a repaint
  • Underside in good condition
  • New leather seats fitted in good condition
  • Dashboard in good condition
  • Some imperfections to the door cards and carpets
  • Headlining is clean and well-kept
  • Odometer is stuck
  • Speedometer is erratic

The Mechanics

  • 747cc straight-four engine
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • Engine starts and runs well
  • The vendor notes:
    • Spring on 1st gear weak, drops down to neutral/second unless held
    • Some rattles and creaks but runs well for a 90+-year-old car
    • Horn stopped working recently, cause not investigated
  • Some cosmetic work to the engine bay wouldn't go amiss

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Auction Details
  • Year 1932
  • Make Austin
  • Model 7
  • Colour Grey
  • Mileage 13,600 Miles
  • Engine size 747
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Bushey Heath
  • County Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
24 Bids
  • Me•••• £6,250 16/07/24
  • wi•••• £6,100 15/07/24
  • Me•••• £5,950 15/07/24
  • wi•••• £5,850 15/07/24
  • Me•••• £5,750 15/07/24
  • Me•••• £5,575 15/07/24
  • wi•••• £5,150 15/07/24
  • Me•••• £5,050 15/07/24
  • wi•••• £4,900 15/07/24
  • Me•••• £4,700 15/07/24

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