1934 Austin 7 RTC SpecialAttractive little
Austin Special that needs a light recomissioning; lots of fun; Phoenix
crank; alloy head; alloy body
The Austin Seven has lent itself to
tuning and competition since its inception in 1922....forming the genesis of
Lotus, McLaren Mallock to name but a few...
In the '50s and '60s, retired
Austins were rebodied with all number of aftermarket alternatives, from MG
lookalikes in aluminium to glassfibre Ferrariesque creations.
has continued, with Roach Manufacturing continuing to offer a range of
attractive RTC bodies in aluminium, the majority being fitted on LWB
chassis - of with there are plenty still around.
This car started life in
1934, probably as a saloon, morphing into a sporty two-seater some
time over the last 20 years or so. It has been well built, with aluminium
wings and coachwork and fitted with a hot engine.
The chassis was
prepared with a dropped sports front axle, located laterally and semi-Girling
Photos on file show that it has been fitted with
a 'splash fed' Phoenix crank, Honda pistons, big valve block, Ricardo alloy
head, SU carburettor and tubular manifold - an engine to this spec costing
pretty much the estimate of this car today if you were to commission it
yourself. The motor was prepared and assembled by Ian Bancroft to fast road spec
with a warm camshaft.
The ensemble has not been running for a while, but
being an Austin Seven should fire up with a bit of tinkering and will
provide its new owner with all the benefits these amazing little cars can
deliver - fun, cheap running and enthusiastic like-minded owners. Get