The Times, when they had a car on test, commented favourably on the new clutch, saying no previous Austin clutch had engaged smoothly and added "the car is built for steady economical running rather than for speed or brilliance"

THE CAR

Here is a real survivor. Its a 1946 Austin 10 Cambridge, designed by Dick Burzi , who came to Austin from Lancia and featured a bodyshell which incorporated the floor to give a semi-unitary structure. It had suicide doors and a rear hinged bonnet and was powered by a 4 cylinder petrol engine.  The cylinder head was aluminium and the electrics were upgraded from 6v to 12v. This car was the subject of a vehicle appraisal by Julian Shoolheifer Ltd in 2013 where it was valued  at £4500. It iwas described by the vendor as ‘totally original – never been restored

ENGINE AND GEARBOX

The Ten is powered by and 1125cc 4 cylinder engine producing 20 bhp. By todays standards performance is very modest, but the car weighs in at only 940kg which enables it to cope round town without difficulty. The gearbox is a 4 speed manual box and the clutch is light and precise.

THE INTERIOR

Described in 2013 by Shoolheifer as very original and careworn, the brown leather seats would benefit from being restitched, and the dashboard remains in the original woodgrain painted finish. The whole interior appears to be correct and original

THE EXTERIOR

The exterior is original black and unrestored, and although the car has had some welding to the floor in the past it is fully undersealed and free of rust. The overall appearance of the car is good, although on closer inspection it can be seen that there is general chipping, flaking and flaws to the paintwork. It is part of this lovely old car’s charm that the finish is commensurate with its age. The Austin 10 has a sliding head roof although it would not appear to have been used for many years.

HISTORY

There are a few miscellaneous invoices with the car, but it does have an original buff log book, issued by the Surrey County Council with licence stamps through to April 1968. The car was originally registered in October 1946 and would appear to have had 7 owners through to 2013.  The 8 former keeper had the car from 2014 to 2017, and the 9th from May 2017 to date.

CONCLUSION

Here is a tax exempt and MOT exempt slice of motoring history that has been used throughout 2017. It is driveable, in good condition for the year and ready to cruise. Please come and see us at our Grantham showroom and see the other vehicles we have for sale.

 

 

Details

  • Condition: Used
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Recorded Mileage: tbc
  • Engine Size: 1125cc
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Date First Registered: 1946
  • Drive Side: Right Hand Drive
  • Fuel: Petrol
  • Exterior Colour: Black
  • Interior Colour: Brown
  • Tax Exempt: Yes
  • MOT Exempt: Yes
  • Our Price: £4295
  • Our Grading: 4
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