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Austin 7 Ace.

John sent both of these photographs over of a vintage Austin 7 Ace from his home in Australia. While quite a few old photographs of Austin 7s in various forms appear across the site, these are the first to feature the Australian-bodied "Ace" version, so my great thanks to John for emailing them over. This was his first car. Both photos date to 1953 or thereabouts, so the compact Austin was already well beyond its first flush of youth at the time, being built in 1929.
Import rules in place at the time led to many incomplete kits of new cars being shipped to Australia, where local coachbuilders would press their English wheels and panelbeating skills into service, bodying the new-build cars to suit local tastes and requirements. Complete new cars shipped into the country were accompanied by hefty import taxes, hence the trend for part-complete vehicles being shipped to Australia for final completion on home soil.
The stylish 747cc Austin and its fortunate owner are both present in the first snapshot. I have to say that the design of the Ace is very appealing, the split "V" windscreen is especially stylish and not something often found on Austin 7s, in the UK or elsewhere. The screen is reminiscent of that found on the M-Type MG Midget (photo), but arguably is even more neatly executed. The extra lamp mounted atop the scuttle is another neat touch, as is the side-mounted spare wheel. Also visible are the "Austin" and "Ace" script badges attached to the honeycomb radiator, and its NSW (New South Wales) registration plate.
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John with his Austin 7 Ace
Now to the Austin's offside view, this time with the hood raised. Entry to the car's interior looks a little tight with the hood erect, however it evidently offers the driver a useful shade from the sun, once he or she has prised themself into the cockpit.
The roof is up on this rare Austin sports
Thanks again for the photos John.
Return to Page 18 in the photographic archive, or visit the main index here.
Plenty of different Austin 7s can be found across the site. For example, this page features the standard production Nippy, while in contrast, this page has original photographs of several different, home-built, Austin 7 Specials. This page also features what appears to be an Austin 7 Ace, albeit with different coachwork.

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