This gorgeous Ulster replica as offered by Classic Park comes with a thick file of history & invoices detailing the extensive works done to it. The car is finished in racing green with a brown hide for the seats. The body is made of aluminum, the floor pan is made out of steel. The chassis is the 1932 SWB type and now boxing. The car is build by Rob Wagemaker, at the time chairman of the “Dutch Prewar Austin Seven Club”.
The now high compression engine has the Cambridge Engineering conversions with a raised volume to 790 cc. The car is race tuned with larger inlet valves, tulip model outlet valves, double valve springs, modified crankshaft, modified camshaft, improved oil pump, Bosch ignition, short dynamo, balanced and lighter fly wheel, SU fuel pump, SU carburetor and, and, and……
The engine is capable to do 5700 rpm and delivers 27 hp. The front axle is as the real Ulster model and the car has improved brakes. The exhaust system makes all the right noises. It is only weighing 410 kg and doing 75 mls! The car is a delight to drive being light on the steering & very sporty, at risk of bringing out the inner hooligan in the driver. The car has done 2200 or so running in miles since build so is absolutely ready to extended use. The car is road legal and on Dutch papers.
We last sold, it was only a few weeks in, a sporty BMW Dixi so we do not expect this Austin will be around for long either.
Do not miss this race car!
Sir Herbert Austin developed the Austin 7 with the help of an 18-year-old draughtsman, Stanley Edge, to aid in the drawing of detailed plans. This work was carried out in the billiard room of Austin's Lickey Grange home.
The design was completed in 1922 and three prototypes were constructed in a special area of the Austin Longbridge factory, and announced to the public in July 1922. Nearly 2,500 cars were made in the first year of production (1923). By 1939 when production finally ended, 290,000 cars and vans had been made. Its effect on the British market was similar to that of the Model T Ford in the US. The very first BMWcar, the BMW Dixi, was a licensed Austin 7, as were the original American Austins. In France they were made and sold as Rosengarts. In Japan, Nissan also used the 7 design as the basis for their first cars.
Herbert Austin's son-in-law, Arthur Waite, soon began to achieve remarkable sporting successes beginning at Brooklands in March 1923 and the next month at Monza. Another driver, E C Gordon England, persuaded Sir Herbert to provide him with a racing 7 and he established six new class records at Brooklands.
While the Austin Motor Company Ltd. built various open versions of their ubiquitous "7" and numerous body-building specialists worked in conjunction with the factory to produce sports Austin Sevens, it was the factory's own sports model that was most successful. In "works" form these pointed-tail two-seaters did well in competitions in the years around 1930, both in mad-equipped sports form, as in the Tourist Trophy in Northern Ireland, and in stripped racing form in events at Brooklands Track.
In the 500 mile race at Brooklands in 1930 the Duke of Richmond 8c Gordon (then the Earl of March) and Sammy Davis drove a stripped two-seater sports "7" in supercharged form and won at 83.41 m.p.h. Somewhere along the way the little side-valve 747 c.c. sports Austin acquired the model name "Ulster", from the successes gained in the Tourist Trophy races on the Ards circuit in Ulster.
Many Austin 7s were rebuilt as "specials" after the Second World War, including the first race car built by Bruce McLaren, John Cooper and the first Lotus, the Mark I bij Collin Chapman.
1932 Austin Seven Ulster Special
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