List of Vehicles in the Collection

We are currently embarking upon a comprehensive redevelopment of the National Motor Museum which means at certain times the vehicles on display may be changing on a daily basis. If there is a particular vehicle that you wish to view please contact us on 01590 614541 in advance of your visit to check that it is on display. You can also sponsor any vehicle in the Museum owned by the National Motor Museum Trust.

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Austin Seven Swallow

On Display

The first Swallow car to leave the company works displayed an almost identical body design to this model, the Tourer. Announced to the public in May 1927 it was an immediate success. Utilising the diminutive Austin Seven chassis, it made for an attractive sports runabout.

The 'beetle' or 'wasptail' was constructed of six aluminium sheets welded together and hand finished, achieving very neat joins. Spare wheel and luggage space was provided within this area, although a lack of internal supporting frames made it rather prone to damage.

The example in the National Motor Museum is the last known two-seater made by the Swallow company.

CylindersIn-line 4
Output10.5hp @ 2,400rpm
Maximum speed50mph/80.47kph
Price new£165
ManufacturerAustin Motor Co. Ltd


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