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Homepage. This page: Different images of a family enjoying days out with their trusty Austin Eight convertible.

Pre-war Austin 8 tourer.

All three Austin 8 photographs on this page turned up together, yet are printed on different types of paper suggesting that they were taken and then developed after different day trips. The car is an 8hp Austin tourer, of a type first introduced in 1939. The registration, EYB 882, was one of a series first used in Somerset from March 1939. Does anyone recognise the beach location shown in two of the photographs - perhaps also in the Somerset area? The first image shows three lads posing in the Austin 8, parked on the sand with children playing in the background. Note the lack of external door handles, and the very large spotlamp mounted on the front nearside bumper iron.
An Austin 8 tourer
The second photo shows five ladies, plus their canine companion, sat in the Austin on a quiet country lane. Again the roof is folded, and this time the rear sidescreens have been removed.
Five ladies sat in their pre-war Austin Eight
The final photo in this set shows two (or more) families tucking into an extensive picnic, again at the seaside somewhere. The Austin 8 is parked in the background, with a cricket bat leaning against the bumper. Alongside the Austin is a Vauxhall 14 saloon, it's front passenger door ajar. Both cars are sporting AA membership badges.
Pre-war Austin and Vauxhall cars
The Austin 8 range was introduced in 1939, powered by a 900cc sidevalve engine from the previous 'Big Seven' model. Prior to the war, buyers could opt for either a 2 or 4 door saloon, or the neat tourer as seen here. During the war, many Austin 8s (both saloons and tourers) were built for the Army, a photo of a militarised Austin 8 tourer can be seen here. Production of these little Austins continued after the war, although the 2dr saloon was no longer available. Production finally ended in 1947, by which time the new A40 Devon was ready to go on sale. Other photographs of Austin 8s already on the site include an early 1939 four-door car here, with another in RAF livery here. Some wartime cartoons of what is believed to be a military tourer can also be seen on this page.
Anyone who is restoring one of these 1930s/1940s Austins may well find the Austin pages in the classifieds section to be of use, as new adverts for parts are regularly being added in.
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