1935 Austin Seven Ulster
1935 Austin Seven Ulster
- Rod Yates Body
- Excellent mechanical condition
- Taller driver friendly
- Good history file
Austin Car company, founded by Sir Hubert Austin in 1905, having previously been instrumental in getting Wolseley established, eventually becoming a rival company. Sir Hubert Austin initially concentrated on moderately powerful, large capacity machines. The desirability of competition however soon proved too strong, with the young company entering vehicles in the fledgling Grand Prix series three years later with little success. Having considered, even trying a much smaller single-cylinder 7HP vehicle at the turn of the century, this car effectively paved the way forward for Hubert Austin.
With the boom and bust years around the first world war, it is rumuored that Sir Hubert Austin kept the Longbridge factory gates open on the toss of a coin. On the goodwill of his workforce to work one month unpaid, ensured the Company’s financial viability long enough for a new range of smaller, more popular cars to be launched, including the company’s long term saviour the Austin Seven in 1922. With its lightweight construction and efficient 696 (later 747) cc engine, the Seven proved to be just what the infant mass automobile market required and nearly 300,000 were produced over its 17 year lifespan.
The effortlessly modified Seven was to provide the basis for numerous homebuilt ‘Specials’. Austin were also fast to recognise its potential in competition form, first producing the Super Sport and then, in 1929, the ultimate and definitive ‘Ulster’ in both Cozette-supercharged and un-blown forms. Named after the Northern Irish province in which the prestigious Tourist Trophy race was held, the factory produced a mere 168 Ulsters that featured an array of strengthened and modified engines, improved and tweaked suspension with lowered altered chassis housed in a lightweight aluminium aerodynamic and door-less, ‘boat-tail’ body.
This delightful Austin 7 Ulster replica by noted builder Rod Yates, is finished in Indigo Blue with a black interior. First registered on February 8th, 1935 to Mr Douglas Robinson of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, and noted as ‘Blue’ at the time. The Austin has an unusual extended cockpit which was said to be custom made for the first owner. This long body Ulster replica was completely transformed and restored in 2009 by then owner, Mr Bower. Everything and anything was done to bring this car up to the exceptional condition it remains in today. The engine bay is detailed to a standard required of any enthusiast concours. The Austin 7 runs in equal superb order having had the engine tweaked for improved performance. Eventually sold to a its current owner in 2015 it received an inspection, a thorough service and has been used it sparingly since, with a believed 975 having been completed.
This lovely Austin 7 Ulster long body replica is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition and comes with a history file, including the original registration document and a bill from 1939 showing it selling for £47 pounds & ten shillings! Ready for summer tours and shows.