Lot 57. 1931 AUSTIN TWELVE

1931 AUSTIN TWELVE Registration Number - WD 2703 Chassis Number - 6TC15151 Engine number - 69644L The Austin Twelve was introduced by Austin in 1921. It was the second of Herbert Austin's post World War I models and was in many ways a scaled-down version of his Austin Twenty, introduced in 1919. The slower than expected sales of the Twenty brought about this divergence from his intended one-model policy. The Twelve was announced at the beginning of November 1921 after Austin's company had been in receivership for six months. The number twelve refers to its fiscal horse power (12.8) rather than its bhp which was 20 and later 27. Initially available as a tourer, by 1922 three body styles were offered: the four-seat tourer, the two/four-seater (both at 550 GBP) and the coup? at 675 GBP. The car enjoyed success throughout the vintage era with annual sales peaking at 14,000 in 1927. While the mechanical specification changed little (the engine increased from 1661 cc to 1861 cc in 1926), many body styles were offered with saloons becoming more popular as the twenties drew to a close. The car continued in the Austin catalogue and as a taxi option until 1939. The last cars were produced for the War Department in 1940. Sold with a small collection of paperwork to include an original Handbook and a V5C registration certificate.
Unsold (Estimate) £10000-15000 In The Classic Cars and Automobilia - Sale Date 7th March 2019

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