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This Austin 7 was taken at the War & Peace Show - I love the character that these old cars have!

The Austin 7 was an economy car produced from 1922 through to 1939 in the United Kingdom by the Austin Motor Company. Nicknamed the "Baby Austin", it was one of the most popular cars ever produced for the British market, and sold well abroad. It wiped out most other British small cars and cyclecars of the early 1920s; its effect on the British market was similar to that of the Model T Ford in the USA. It was also licensed and copied by companies all over the world. The very first BMW car, the BMW Dixi, was a licensed Austin 7, as were the original American Austins. In France they were made and sold as Rosengarts. In Japan Nissan also used the 7 design as the basis for their original cars, although not under licence.

Many Austin 7s were rebuilt as "specials" after the Second World War, including the first Lotus, the Lotus Mk1, which was based on an Austin 7. Such was the power of the Austin 7 name that the company re-used it for early versions of the A30 in 1951 and Mini in 1959.

My thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah J x

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-200mm VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Special 7
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:24 Sep 2012 - 6:07 PM
Tags:Austin 7, Beltring, Car, Hop farm, Kent, South east, Transport, Vehicle, Vintage, War & Peace Show 2012
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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 6:11 PM

An awful lot of man/woman hours have been lavished on this lovely car, I imagine that under the bonnet will be as immaculate as above. Great find Sarah and a lovely image of it too.

Dougie

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 24 Sep 2012 - 6:12 PM

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 6:29 PM

I wouldnt mind one of these.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 6:44 PM

A great car - well taken Sarah!
Ann

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 6:58 PM

Learnt to drive in a Austin 7 at the age of 6 Wink I'll never forget how to double clutch a crash gearbox Tongue Great image that brings back memories......

Ade

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1025 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 7:02 PM

My first thought was the same as Dougie's - there are decades of loving polishing gone into that! Gorgeous warm glow captured in the metal.
Moira

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 7:15 PM

Beautifully taken, but it does look like a dinky toy TongueGrinGrin

DAve

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 7:29 PM

Some of the earliest Austin Seven Specials were raced in the JCC 200-Mile Race at Brooklands. Race regulations decreed that all cars entered should be named 'Special'. Most of them were very special indeed! In a way they were also responsible for the fame of the MG: the Austin 7 and the MG 'Midget' were fierce rivals on the race track for many years, the 'Midget' eventually prevailing by dint of being a slightly more modern design.
And of course a young man called Bill Lyons, the owner/designer of Swallow Sidecars, built special-bodied Austin Sevens called Austin Seven Swallows; he re-used the SS designation for the SS90 and SS100 and the SSJaguar; after WWII the SS bit was dropped and the cars became just Jaguars . . .

I bet you never guessed I was such a geek Wink

Lovely, nostalgic picture- Thanks ever so.

Bill

I learned to double-declutch on a Land Rover SIIA -and lived!

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 7:49 PM

Brilliant Sarah J.

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CliveA
CliveA  8 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 - 8:04 PM

The car I would love to own and polish. Except I want the one with a roof.
C l i v e

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 9:57 PM

Many thanks for your time and kind comments, appreciated!

Bill, thanks for your time and for the information, I'm pleased that you like it! I don't think you're a geek Wink

Clive, that's ok means I can have the open top one!

Sarah x

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oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 12:48 AM

i think bill is a geek too Smilelol,lovely image Sarah, the colours are lovely Wink

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JohnChambersPhotography

I like the low angle showing off the car in great detail, lovely colour well presented.

John

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
25 Sep 2012 - 12:01 PM

Fantastic shot and beautiful image....Grin

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 2:22 PM

Very beautiful - and your capture of it, Sarah Smile These fine old cars certainly have character, unlike modern ones Smile Well done on excluding people from standing over it peering inside, which I always manage to get! Wink
Trev Smile

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Brian65
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25 Sep 2012 - 4:19 PM

Great image Sarah, you pics have such detail and colours are superb, i wonder how you get them so good.
Brian

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NDODS e2 Member 43250 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 4:51 PM

An extremely informative and superbly written foreword, which certainly provided a plethora of interesting facts, which went hand in hand with the stunning HDR piece.

Regards to an exceptionally talented photographer.


Nathan

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 626 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 4:55 PM

Wonderful detail and processing Sarah, I keep forgetting I too have the 18-200mm, went through hell to get it when it first came out and I've only actually used it twice, must get around to doing something like this Wink
Geoff.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:03 PM

Thank you gentlemen for your time and very kind comments, I really do appreciated them! Smile

Sarah x

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 5:51 PM

If I where old enough, this would've been my first Car Sarah Smile Smashing image.

John Smile

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pks
pks  10 England
26 Sep 2012 - 9:30 PM

love it great shot

peter

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