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Special 7

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Car Kent Transport Vintage Vehicle Hop farm Beltring South east Austin 7 War and Peace Show 2012

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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.


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24 Sep 2012 6:29PM
I wouldnt mind one of these.
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 6:44PM
A great car - well taken Sarah!
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
24 Sep 2012 6:58PM
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......

mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1695 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 7:02PM
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.
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.8k 149 England
24 Sep 2012 7:15PM
Beautifully taken, but it does look like a dinky toy TongueGrinGrin

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 7:29PM
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.


I learned to double-declutch on a Land Rover SIIA -and lived!
marktc Plus
6 96 15 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 7:49PM
Brilliant Sarah J.
CliveA 11 5 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 8:04PM
The car I would love to own and polish. Except I want the one with a roof.
C l i v e
Sezz Plus
12 617 15 England
24 Sep 2012 9:57PM
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
oll1e Plus
10 57 2 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 12:48AM
i think bill is a geek too Smilelol,lovely image Sarah, the colours are lovely Wink
I like the low angle showing off the car in great detail, lovely colour well presented.

Ayoob 6 Australia
25 Sep 2012 12:01PM
Fantastic shot and beautiful image....Grin
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 10 England
25 Sep 2012 2:22PM
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
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 4:19PM
Great image Sarah, you pics have such detail and colours are superb, i wonder how you get them so good.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 4:51PM
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.

25 Sep 2012 4:55PM
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
Sezz Plus
12 617 15 England
25 Sep 2012 5:03PM
Thank you gentlemen for your time and very kind comments, I really do appreciated them! Smile

Sarah x
25 Sep 2012 5:51PM
If I where old enough, this would've been my first Car Sarah Smile Smashing image.

John Smile
pks 13 2 England
26 Sep 2012 9:30PM
love it great shot


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