“What Ford is to America, Austin was to England,” states the seller of the Pick of the Day, a 1933 Austin 7 Model 65 advertised on ClassicCars.com. Indeed, the diminutive Austin 7 in the early 1920s boosted the fledgling auto industry in the UK the way the Ford Model T did in the US.
Like the Model T, the Austin 7 was built in a wide variety of configurations, from sensible sedans to such sporty variations as this Model 65, an aluminum-bodied 2-seat roadster, so-named because of its claimed top speed.
The Austin was restored a quarter century ago, but it has been well-maintained and remains in good running condition with an attractive patina, says the Morgantown, Pennsylvania, dealer listing the Austin.
“An interesting piece of UK automotive history, and with only a few known examples still existing, a very rare example… let alone running examples which this one does so just famously,” the seller says in the ad. “The Pennsylvania title shows the 42,000 actual miles on this fine example. It has been shown at Winterthur and many other shows and has won quite a few awards.
“The aluminum body is covered in British Racing Green, and panels are straight and mostly dent free. Some faults can be seen that have crept in over time since ’93, but overall the car has a wonderful patina, and puts on a very nice show.”
The Austin is quite small, with a 6-and-a-half-foot wheelbase, a curb weight of less than 800 pounds and powered by a 750cc 4-cylinder side-valve engine that manages to churn out 10.5 horsepower. The overall effect is a tiny, jewel-like representation of a classic sports car.
“Its miniature wheelbase, and large black spoked wheels, add to the charm of this miniature motorcar from 1933 UK,” the seller says.
The asking price is $32,000 for the unusual roadster, which would be certain to cause a sensation at the Little Car Show in Pacific Grove, California, this August during Monterey Car Week.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.