1935 Austin 10 Lichfield Tourer


  • A very rare version of the Austin 10
  • 4 seater convertible 
  • Neatly presented inside and out
  • Part of a private collection being reduced
  • Potential wedding hire car

The Appeal

Fitting in between the entry-level Austin Seven and the bigger 12, the four-cylinder 1.2-litre side-value Austin 10 Litchfield was a popular and well-liked car. It subject to regular upgrades and sold with a wide variety of body styles. The standard hardtop 4-door Lichfield offered a protruding accessible boot and numerous upgrades to the body styling and running gear, the cabriolet version retains the rigidity of using the doors, glass and structural posts from the fixed head model while offering a true open-top appeal.

This delightful example of a 1935 4-door cabriolet was previously owned by an enthusiast in the Warwickshire area prior to being bought by a collector as part of a private vintage car collection. Believed to be a factory-built cabriolet, precious little of its provenance comes with the car, but based on the evidence of its clean exterior and interior presentation and its regular mechanical attention in the hands of its previous owner, it will not need much more than a precautionary check-over to ensure it's ready for the summer. It will be sold with its current V5 registration document.

The History and Paperwork

  • Believed to have been previously restored
  • Used as a show car in the early 2010s
  • MOT and tax exempt
  • V5c present
  • No appreciable history documented with the car
  • Part of a dry stored cherished collection

The Interior

  • Very appealing cabin
  • Seats are in decent order, with light marks mostly on the driver's seat
  • Age-related marks on the dials
  • Wooden facia in good shape
  • Carpets in very clean order, with no signs of water ingress or damp
  • Door cards in very good condition
  • Slight damage on one of the bakelite door catches
  • Carpeted boot area
  • Headlining appears good with no damage

The Exterior 

  • Structurally solid with a chassis that appears to be in good order
  • Panel work free of significant damage or corrosion
  • Finished in a well-applied Westminster Green paint with minor imperfections
  • Black wings free of dents, with minor paint wear
  • Chrome in good shape
  • Glass and running boards are good
  • Indicators fitted, other lights and lenses intact
  • Soft top in very good condition, with no issues with its operation
  • Black-painted wheels with decent spokes and tyres with plenty of treads

The Mechanics 

  • The car starts and runs with no reported issues
  • A mechanical check-over would be advisable for peace of mind
  • The brakes are operational and free from binding
  • Said to drive well with no troubling noises
  • Fitted with hydraulic shock absorbers as standard
  • Four-speed gearbox with synchromesh said to select with ease
  • The physical condition of the running gear and engine should instil further confidence 


Ideal for those who wish to observe the transient pleasure of a bygone period of open-top motoring nostalgia, or the opportunity to obtain what could easily serve as a charming and memorable wedding car. This Austin 10 Lichfield is a rare chance to obtain one of the more unusual body options sold by Morris at the time, without the issue of inaccessibility or discomfort normally associated with open-top cars.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1935
  • Make Austin
  • Model 10 Tourer
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 44,968 Miles
  • Engine size 1141
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Uckfield
  • Location Hampshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • robinso•••• £7,200 07/02/23
  • rai £7,000 07/02/23
  • robinso•••• £6,900 07/02/23
  • rai £6,700 07/02/23
  • robinso•••• £6,600 07/02/23
  • rai £6,400 07/02/23
  • robinso•••• £6,300 07/02/23
  • rai £6,100 07/02/23
  • robinso•••• £5,900 07/02/23
  • rai £5,700 07/02/23

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