Austin Seven Tourer

Key facts

  • Year: 1928
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Capacity: 747cc
  • Cylinders: 4 cylinder
  • Valves: side valve
  • Output: 10.5bhp at 2,400rpm
  • Performance: 50mph
  • Price new: £125
  • Owner: National Motor Museum Trust
  • Manufacturer: Austin Motor Co. Ltd, Longbridge, Birmingham
A 1928 Austin Seven Tourer vintage car in the grounds at Beaulieu On Display

One of the most significant British cars. Introduced in 1922, the mass produced Baby Austin combined big car features with a low price and soon became a best seller. In just a few years the Austin Seven changed the face of British motoring and the fortunes of the Austin Motor Company. This car is a tourer or Chummy model.

In 1919 Austin began a one model policy based around the large 3,610cc Twenty. This quickly brought the company to the edge of ruin. The launch of the Seven and the mid-size Twelve began a turnaround in the company’s fortunes. The Seven revolutionised family motoring in Britain, providing a four-wheeled alternative to modestly priced motorcycle and side-car combinations. Austin soon became a motor industry giant and 290,944 Sevens were built between 1923 and 1939.

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