May 8

Progress has been slow………….


British weather – rain, rain and more rain – does nothing for enthusiasm, working outside and generally feeling comfortable working on cars. In my case (at 73) only enthusiast of my age will know the truth….. sometimes life is just SLOW.

Austin 10 deluxe
The runabout, Countess Veronica

Austin’s important new model for 1932, the 10 slotted into the range between the Seven and the 12, both extremely successful cars. Its introduction proved to be a wise move; the 10hp bracket came to be perhaps the most important segment of the market for the major manufacturers in the 1930s, with the likes of Morris, Hillman and Ford all providing strong competitors. Austin’s 10 was always a strong seller, with buyers recognising its durability – a trait that Austin had long been known for. Capable of 55mph – a decent performance for a car in its class in 1932 – the side-valve 1125cc 4-cylinder engine produced 21bhp and proved to be a reliable unit. Austin 10s provided low-cost transport for many thousands of people, and continue to be a popular classic, with excellent club support and good spares availability.

“A lovely ‘Patinated’ Austin 7”, does NOT sit well for 2021 restoration

The car above was the FIRST electrification project. Now you wouldn’t recognise the same car in its electric form…….

‘Frankie’ (after Frankensteins monster made from parts?) in the paint-shop

If you have looked elsewhere on my blog, you will note that the Austin 10 is a much more useful donor BUT……. if the 10 is original and feasibly restorable and not a mechanical nightmare, it is a perfect choice for electrification. The one below cost around £5000, a bargaining she looks beautiful………

But, the engine mechanics are horrendous as the car has not been touched for well over 20 years. The bodywork and the seats are wonderful but it has never been started or run for far too long – it could well be perfect when eventually started, but there is a gamble something somewhere is rusted solid. This is a perfect donor for electrification, the power train can be sold for around £2000 [Radiator core, engine/starter/dynamo, gearbox, prop-shaft and petrol tank] as they would not be needed. Considering a lot of ‘Classics’ are costing many thousands, what better style could anyone have driving a genuine vintage – and it could well be reversible (so not loss to the purists in this world).


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