Is the Austin 7 the most important car ever made? | Axon’s Automotive Anorak

Initial introduced in 1922, the diminutive Austin 7 immediately turned Britain’s very first genuine ‘peoples car’, going on to come to be a little something of an establishment, this technically traditional nonetheless completely revolutionary small automobile proficiently wiping out the briefly well-known cycle autos of the period (just is its spiritual Austin 7 successor – the Mini – did in 1959, causing the grateful demise of the modern day and generally grim and insufficient microcars).

The uncomplicated aspect-valve straight-4 747cc Austin 7 before long out-sold the before Morris (Bullnose) Oxford as Britain’s most productive motor vehicle, with nearly 300,000 illustrations constructed in Longbridge by itself involving 1922 and ’39 in far more than 35 differing ‘factory’ body types, all pre-courting Britain’s beloved Morris Slight and BMC/BL Mini by a long time.

The 7 also served as the basis of a few of today’s motoring giants – BMW and Nissan – by way of the first Dixi and Datsun styles, crafted regionally underneath licence (at the very least in the situation of the previous!), along with other global 7 derivatives created less than arrangement by Bantam in the United states of america (the originators of the Globe War II Jeep) and Rosengart in France.

In addition, other now proven and revered motor vehicle makers previous and current, these types of as Jaguar (by way of Swallow Sidecars/SS) and Jensen, owe their pretty existence to the tiny Austin by featuring fetching coachbuilt ‘alternative’ sporting and luxury derivatives of the product in the 1920s and ’30s.

Katherine T. Burrows

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