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Lot: 388
1930 Austin Seven RK Sunshine Saloon - BLUEBELL

Registration No. OG 910
Chassis No. 12555
Engine No. M10767
Estimate: £11,000-£12,000

By the late 1920s, sales of the larger horsepower cars were substantially down as a result of the poor economy, but Austin sold 27,000 Sevens in 1929 plus a large number of licensed BMW Dixis and Rosengarts amongst others. Saloons were now more popular than the open Chummy models, but owing to their slightly fragile lightweight construction they had become somewhat frail by the 1950s, and many became suitable for conversion into the ubiquitous fibreglass bodied Sports Specials and later the myriad of Ulster racing replicas.

So early saloon Sevens are now a relatively endangered species, and this little vintage RK alloy bodied saloon is a rare bird.
The RK Saloon was introduced in September 1928 in both alloy panelled form, as here, or as a fabric body. In both cases the ash frame was directly fixed to a steel floor. The body was an elegant but very tall square construction with two wide doors cut away to fit the rear wheels, with sliding and lifting 2-piece windows. A long scuttle, short 4-piece bonnet and, by late 1928 a plated longer radiator cowl and rounded fuller wings changed the appearance only slightly from the earlier 'R' Type 'top hat' saloons.

Affectionately called 'Bluebell', an amazing history file accompanies the Lot, dating back to when the car was new, in May 1930. Included are Six? Log Books, including its first, MoT Certificates, Invoices and receipts, a Handbook and Parts List etc., and a copy of some period photographs of the car when in the hands of its third owner, George Jack, whose ownership lasted from 1937-1961.

The current keeper, Bluebells tenth, has carried out much mechanical maintenance including brakes, wheel bearings, track rod pins and bushes, new battery and master switch, water hoses, rear lamps, indicators, Bosch distributor, 18 mm spark plugs, HT leads and coil etc., and has also added a later NOS Ricardo type cylinder head, potentially boosting the performance and taking the Austin from 10.5 bhp to 17 bhp.

This is now an unusual opportunity to acquire a vintage Seven saloon of great charm and rarity, with factory fitted sunshine roof, giving rise to its description in the Log Book as a 'Sunshine Saloon'


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