Immortal Austin Seven (Hardcover)
Veloce Publishing, 9781845849795, 228pp.
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
The Austin Seven was truly “Motoring for the Millions,” and Herbert Austin’s baby car has fascinated thousands of enthusiasts for almost a century, with the sheer variety of more than 300 distinct works or coach-built types in 17 years of production. The Austin Seven engine also powered aeroplanes, boats, tractors and motorcycles, and was put to many astonishing uses, all described in this book.
There is also a section on the use of the Austin Seven post World War II, and the car’s competition role in trials, hill climbs and circuit racing, including the amazingly successful 750 Formula, which sparked off the careers of famous men like Colin Chapman, Eric Broadley, Arthur Mallock and Tony Southgate, and the craze of building sporting Austin Seven “Specials” which peaked in the 1950s.
The book includes period detail drawings and rarely seen photographs, and provides fascinating reading for both Austin Seven and general motoring enthusiasts.
About the Author
David Morgan has had a passion for motor sport from a young age, buying a 1934 Austin Seven with his third month’s salary whilst living in North London, a few miles from the original Lotus works in Hornsey. David built a number of Austin Seven and Ford powered competition specials, contributed to the 750 Motor Club Bulletin and Historic Lotus Register magazine, and in 2009 wrote “Seven Fifty Motor Club – The birthplace of modern British motorsport” published by Haynes. David has enjoyed competing in club motor sport for more than fifty years, latterly, in John Cooper’s first Austin based special and a Lotus Eleven Climax. David is an architect in private practice, and lives in Hertfordshire.