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Austin 10/4 Clifton.

Jim dropped me a line, hoping that the pre-war Austin in the attached photograph could be identified. The photo turned up during research he conducted into the life of a Tewkesbury resident, by the name of Mrs. Margot Walker-Greaves. The tourer coachwork, complete with a dickey seat to the rear, coupled with the three vents let into the bonnet side panels, identify the car as an Austin 10/4 Clifton Tourer. Judging by its "easiclean" wheels, compared to the spoked versions fitted to earlier cars, a manufacture date of the late 1930s - probably 1937 - would seem to be correct. Margot is shown at the wheel of her prized Austin, with her friend Norman Preedy - accompanied by his faithful guide dog - sat comfortably in the rear seat. The photo was taken at a gathering of pre-war Austins, most likely in the 1960s.
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Austin Clifton tourer car photo
The Ten-Four Clifton was a contemporary to the 1936-1939 Austin Ten Cambridge, a four-door saloon introduced as an updated and enlarged replacement for the outgoing Lichfield-based range of cars. The photograph above demonstrates the seating arrangements for the Clifton, which comprised two positions up front protected by the folding hood, with a hinged rear lid revealing seating for two extra passengers in the rear. Access to the dickey seat was via a step fitted to the nearside rear corner of the car, while to the offside was mounted the rear registration plate.
My thanks to Jim for sending the photo over, one of several different Austin 10s to now feature in this section.
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