1925 Austin Seven Pram Hood

Super example; original upholstery; modern crank; off the road between 1934 and 1978; a lovely thing

Early Sevens have a complete charm of their own, making even late-Vintage examples look bloated by comparison!

This gorgeous pram-hood AC-Chummy is rather special. It was first registered in July 1925 and was supplied through George Heath of Birmingham according to the plaque on the dash but had little use before the war, being laid up in 1934 when it was just nine years old.

It was to remain in storage for the next 42 years, emerging in 1978. Thought to have originally been maroon and black, it was carefully restored by Austin 7 Specialist Tony White and painted Kingfisher blue and black.

In stunning order, it was sold in 1983, winning numerous concours prizes over the next six years before changing hands regularly after that every few years. It was even used by Rover Group on their show stand at the 1985 Earls Court MotorFair.

Its main charm, other than being so early and dainty is its originality. The engine number is very close to the chassis number and given its time in storage is thought to be the original. The rear axle is dated June 1925 and it retains its correct early 6" brakes and back plates. Although the hood, sidescreens, door cards and carpets are new, the seat upholstery is totally original and remains in remarkable condition.

It appears to have lived in France for a while before coming home. Its owner in 2009 spent over £2,500 with Paul Rogers Engineering on a new crank, white metalling, new pistons and balancing and it hasn't done a huge amount since.

It appeared on the front cover of the Summer 2011 VSCC Bulletin and has lived with its current registered keeper for over 10 years. It comes with a current V5C; VSCC eligibility document (non transferable), some photocopied reference material, old MOTs and an original, early handbook.

Early Chummys with pram hoods and single piece bonnets don't come along very often. This one, with such originality and a rebuilt engine fitted with a modern crank ticks every box.

For more information - contact matthew.parkin@brightwells.com

Reg No: OM8095
Chassis Number: 11022
Engine Number: 11076
Engine Size: 747CC
Docs: V5C, copy old style Log Book, 16 old MOT's, Hand Book, Austin Register Documents, VSCC Document.

Sale Section & Buyers Premium (ex VAT): Car 12%, Minimum £150

Estimate: £16,000-18,000

Lot 306

Lot ended

Thursday 23/06/2022

Hammer Price (inc. buyers premium)

£17,275
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