Rare Very Original Austin Seven Top Hat Saloon  


This is an extraordinarly preserved example of the coveted vintage 'Top Hat' saloon. Discovered by Austin Seven sleuth, Christopher Oliver in 2007, after being laid up in the 1960s, this true 'Vintage' 1929 Seven was found to be virtually intact and original throughout and, importantly, retaining its original engine.

Initially entrusted to the late David Hutcheson for a programme of conservation and recommissioning,the task was eventually handed over to Austin Seven artisan Oliver Way due to David's terminal illness - along with David's full blessing. In true Oliver Way fashion, the project was respectfully taken-on and this 'timewarp' was gently and expertly brought back to life. 

Wheels were rebuilt by MWS and shod with new Blockley tyres. Engine and gearbox were overhauled under Oliver's supervision and the braking, suspension and steering system rebuilt. New seals and bushes and bearings were fitted to the rear axle. The car was rewired throughout with correct pattern materials. Oliver's keen eye for detail corrected any minor defects and the car was MOT'd. The car's history file is extensive and needs to be viewed as it documents all the work carried out to date.

After road testing, the car was entrusted to Alex Myall of Pigsty Racing for a subtle twin friction damper conversion. Soon after this final stage was carried out, the car was requested for display at the Goodwood Revival in 2011. Sitting alongside a restored example of the Top Hat saloon, all the detail discrepancies on the restored car were soon exposed!

This car has always been MOT tested and will be sold with a fresh MOT - irrespective of the bonkers legislation relinquishing owners of the responsibility of maintaining classic cars to a judged safe standard of this now moral obligation. As you can see, the car still carries its original registration number. It retains a buff logbook and has a current V5C. Naturally this extraordinary Seven is VSCC eligible.

Remarkably, this 'timewarp' is offered for sale for only the 2nd time since 1966!

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AUSTIN SEVEN ULSTER
Please contact Pigsty Racing For further information
£13200
This is a very nice little Austin Ulster using much of an original body (ex Stan Goldthorpe). Overall it is
an excellently done car to original specs axles, gearbox, wiring, instruments and seats etc.
All major parts are 1930 (and the car is accepted as a 1930 Ulster by the VSCC papers attesting to
that).
Unfortunately it has a 1934 reg number but at least with four numerals. It was built 22 years ago
by Ken Sears chief chassis engineer at Lotus (long time A7 nut) who had collected parts over the
previous 20 years to that. It is very nicely put together.
This is not a lash up "Auction" special that you see so often but really indistinguishable from a
genuine car.
It drives very well and all the controls work properly.
Date on logbook? 08.09.34
Engine 98597 Chassis 116059
Body is genuine, rebuilt by Keith Roach. He put new sides on, and a steel floor.
The bulkhead is original. It has the correct prop shaft tunnel, covers, etc. and
the correct spare wheel compartment. The tail and scuttle are original. Aluminium
bonnet top and sides, steel lower panels from bulkhead to radiator are also original
Ash seat frame, pleated leather trim, as close to original as we could make them
( one-piece backrest with vertical bump in centre)
Front axle is bowed to the right shape and may be Genuine
Boxed radius arms, tied to the top of the axle to keep the castor angle when the brakes are applied.
Double front friction shock absorbers, short arms, double centre bracket.
Rear axle '31 type (extended forward ribbed diff case) with bolt on torque
tube. Ratio 5.25. Hookes joint Hardy Spicer prop shaft
Birkett style Cable brakes, Girling front backplates, with a fully compensated
system ( front to rear and side to side They are really effective.
Colvin Gunn reproduction steering box.
Has throttle and advance levers and horn push on top of column (all working)
Gearbox 3 speed C/R. Ball change top Ulster ratio gears by Barry Clarke with chamfered dogs for
fast engagement of top gear.
Rearward starter. Solid engine mounts
Splash lubricationb, bored out Austin pump, 1937 type head. Flattened tappets, large inlet valves.
Aluminium deep sump (believe genuine, no fins) Long oil pickup. Dante alum tappet cover. Standard
rods.
6 Volt electrics, VW coil. Electrics wired in repro period aluminium armoured
cable.
D/D SU carb on Nippy inlet manifold. repro Ulster exhaust ( manifold
fabricated from sheet, tapering branches). High level Brooklands silencer &
fishtail
Mechanical tacho, speedo and Oil press gauges and original switch panel
Repro petrol tank on scuttle, with SU pump.
15” wheels,
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