If the Ford Model T transformed motoring in the USA, then the Austin Seven did the same for Great Britain. Built for 17 years, the baby Austin was the ideal choice for family motorists on a tight budget. Power came from a tiny sidevalve engine of just 696cc (42 cu in), but was later enlarged to 747cc (46 cu in). The formula was a success, and by 1929 the Seven enjoyed enormous success, accounting for 37 per cent of new car sales in Britain. It was also built under license in Germany as the Rosengart and BMW Dixi, as well as in America as the American Austin. Although it wasn't intended to ever be a sporting car, the Seven enjoyed enormous track success as many owners chopped the original bodywork to create lightweight specials. Even today, the 750 motor club - named after the car's engine size - races Seven-based specials on a regular basis at meetings throughout the UK.
Austin 7 Specifications
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