Immortal Austin Seven

31st October 2017
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Immortal Austin Seven

ABOUT THE BOOK
Immortal Austin Seven tells the story of this most popular of prewar cars in all its variations, from the earliest Chummy of the 1920s, through Sports, Military, Box and Ruby Saloons to the exquisite Twin Cam racers of the late 1930s.

The Austin Seven was truly “Motoring for the Millions,” and Herbert Austin’s baby car has fascinated thousands of enthusiasts for almost a century, with the sheer variety of more than 300 distinct works or coach-built types in 17 years of production. The Austin Seven engine also powered aeroplanes, boats, tractors and motorcycles, and was put to many astonishing uses, all described in this book.

There is also a section on the use of the Austin Seven post World War Two, and the car’s competition role in trials, hill climbs and circuit racing, including the amazingly successful 750 Formula, which sparked off the careers of famous men like Colin Chapman, Eric Broadley, Arthur Mallock and Tony Southgate, and the craze of building sporting Austin Seven “Specials” which peaked in the 1950s.

The book includes period detail drawings and rarely seen photographs, and provides fascinating reading for both Austin Seven and general motoring enthusiasts.

Dixi/BMW 1927-1932, Rosengart 1928-1953, American Austin/Bantam 1930-1941 versions of the Seven are also covered.

Immortal Austin Seven by David Edwin Morgan

ISBN: 9781845849795
UPC: 6-36847-04979-9

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£45, $70 US $91 CAN

BULLET POINTS
  • The Austin Seven – the best known and best loved pre-war British car
  • The car that saved the Austin Motor Company and surpassed the wildest expectations of its creators
  • The first British “car for the millions” and a quality “little big car”
  • Advertised as a car that was easily driven by women. At the time a novel concept!
  • A hugely adaptable car, with more than 300 variants produced over 17 years
  • The Austin Seven quickly proved itself competitive in racers, hill climbers and trials
  • The military Austin Seven saw service in at least three continents, and led to the creation of the Jeep
  • Post World War Two, the Austin Seven was the springboard for the founders of modern British motorsport
  • Many of motoring’s well-known marques have Austin Sevens in their DNA – Jaguar, Jensen, BMW, Lotus, Mini-Coopers
  • Today, the Austin Seven is enjoyed in greater numbers than any other pre-war car, in rallies, road runs, trials, races and hill climbs


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Morgan has had a passion for motorsport from a young age, buying a 1934 Abeustin Seven with his third month’s salary whilst living in North London, a few miles from the original Lotus works in Hornsey. David built a number of Austin Seven and Ford powered competition specials, contributed to the 750 Motor Club Bulletin and Historic Lotus Register magazine, and in 2009 wrote Seven Fifty Motor Club – The birthplace of modern British motorsport, published by Haynes. David has enjoyed competing in club motorsport for more than fifty years, latterly, in John Cooper’s first Austin-based special and a Lotus Eleven Climax. David is an architect in private practice, and lives in Hertfordshire.

Place of birth: Northampton • Hometown: Hatfield • Nearest city: London

SPECIFICATION
V4979 • Hardback • 24.8x24.8cm • £45 • 228 pages • 319 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845849-79-5 • UPC: 6-36847-04979-9

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