This post has been in drafts for over two years and continues from this post! Easiest to post now and alter/develop/clarify further in response to owner comments. Thanks to all who have participated with this so far… The wiring runs … Continue reading underbonnet wiring runs
This car is on the register body number 475 with chassis number 205192 and registration number EPG76. The car was in Shropshire, Wellington/Telford in the late 1950s and early 1960s. EPG plates were registered in October and November 1936 in Surrey. The current owner purchased the car just over a year ago, advertised on Ebay. It had been the vendor’s father’s car in the southwest and had owned it for about 15 years. Apparently it had been used for trialing which may explain why all the fittings and most of the original instruments had been stripped out! Someone may recognise the car … Continue reading EPG 76 appeal
This picture sent by Robin Hanauer shows Colin Chapman with the prototype/development Lotus VI, in perhaps 1952/3. The Nippy next to it is still on the DLVA system and had a new V5 issued in 1988, but has not been taxed. It is noted as a Red Austin 748cc. January 1936 registration. It must still exist – anyone know of it? Clearly it raced from the headlamps and lightweight front cycle wings. Anyone recognise the badges? Continue reading famous company – BOL 504?
Patsy Figg posted on Austin Classic Cars Facebook group “Thanks for accepting me to your group! This is my late father in his first car – an “aluminium prototype Austin Nippy”. Does anyone have anything like this? My mother passed … Continue reading AKN 625 – rediscovered past of a ’65’
Bill Sheehan in Australia suggested chasing up the history of AAR 810 as what he remembers was probably an early Nippy. David Howe remembered the car, owning it 1974-5. He got it from a chap who lived in a flat virtually … Continue reading Reminiscences of Nippy AAR 810
This car is apparently now in Japan, but Ivan Gardiner reports on how it was brought back to life all those years ago in New Zealand, including a useful image of the bare hood frame. The original chassis had been so … Continue reading A well travelled Nippy
In September 1935, Lord Austin presented a Nippy to the daughter of the Gunnings dealer principal. We can surmise that the car was a steel Nippy in a light colour, and that the registration district would have been Somerset or Bath, from other Gunnings Registrations. This car would have been something circa YD 8000 or GL1800 from other contemporary registrations of that period. Douglas Alderson found a article advising that Gunnings sold the first Ford in Wells and a photo showing the car but it had a Bath registration number! The Nippy should be Somerset, but this does show it … Continue reading The Nippy given by Lord Austin: YD 8015?
BUO was registered in September or October of 1935 in Devon, chassis 230598. It has appeared in the Association magazine 1989C and D (was owned by Bachelors star Dec Cluskey 1967-87) and PWA7C mag March 2014. Paul Cooper owned this … Continue reading BUO 607 – 21st birthday present in Paignton
Austin literature and press images for new cars did not appear to show ANY sign of rubber for the bonnet rest area. The first cars photographed by the factory did show a rubber. This was used for the Light Car road test of the 65 in June 1933. This section was found on a car which must have been once-restored, and is wrong! This is the proper section, and please make contact if you have original examples, or wish to propose a different hypothesis! It would be helpful to know who has this in stock currently; please add a comment. … Continue reading bonnet rest rubber section
Following on from my parts list comparison, I thought I would take a look at the gauges for my dash panel restoration. When I looked at the lists it suggests that from chassis number 239165 the petrol gauge that was … Continue reading Late Nippy Petrol Gauge
David Barraclough writes to inform of a 60’s Motorsport advert. It was followed a few weeks later by a delightful spoof letter printed in the correspondence pages in which the writer commented on how well his Nippy was running – but … Continue reading Basildon Bond ALM 971?
Douglas Alderson sends this clipping from a 2002 750MC newsletter. Be vigilant, although the number plate is not on the Survivors’ Register. The plate is a March 1939 Liverpool issue… Continue reading FKB 538 – another long lost LHD Nippy?
Charles Holford writes: I am fortunate to own an early 1935 Nippy. I have looked at a number of others at shows and rallies. No two are the same but perhaps that is to be expected, as not one is … Continue reading Austin Seven ’65’ & Nippy horns
Matthew Myerscough writes: This is a spreadsheet/table that I have complied from a parts list in the Austin Service Journal and two of the scanned parts lists from the A7CA Archive. My idea was to try and identify the individual … Continue reading Comparative parts listing
Body 10 has surfaced in Kent and Wayne Horn has kindly confirmed the stamped number. Chassis 167602, it is registered in January 1933 so makes it far earlier than the likely July/August 1933 of the road test car ALE 578. You can see the advert here. We wondered whether there might be evidence of the knife edge to the dash top, but Wayne thinks possibly not, despite some work in that area. Here is some evidence from the early body owned by Greig Smith in South Africa and you can see other posts with the CZ registered car in USA … Continue reading early and late 65s for sale
This car was registered in Kent, probably in March 1934 so a late-ish aluminium 65. We are assuming that the photo was taken during the war years 1939-45. Note the characteristic white paint markings on the sills and front wings – very smartly done. The driver, Phyllis, married Jane Turner’s uncle in 1936. We don’t know whether the car was registered in the name of Longman or Jeremy, as Phyllis Longman or her family may have owned the car before she married Derek Jeremy (Jane’s mother’s brother). I wonder if AKT 106 still survives? Keep your eyes open… Continue reading a late 65 in wartime – is it still around?
Information from David Howe and the Friends forum has confirmed the Austin factory produced the Sports front axle from a standard forging; hence they have 1A numbers forged on them; they ‘stretched’ them in the re-forging process so that they are … Continue reading Original sports front axle
This car surfaced for sale in the US. It is an early car, chassis 177458, and the former CZ 3705 has the same knife-edged scuttle/dash top as we discussed here. The car is shown here in Pensylvania. If anyone is close … Continue reading another early dash top emerges!
I’d had contact with a past owner of AOG a few years back. Recently, the present Italian owner was in touch and it seemed a good time to research the Nippy a little more. The image of the car is … Continue reading Freddie Henry’s Trials Nippy AOG 947
Terry McGrath mentioned a 65 with former links to Jersey/Guernsey. In 1968, he found, bought and towed it back from Merseyside to Warwickshire; 100 miles in sub-zero condition on a short rope and with no windscreen. The awful paint-job was red, … Continue reading Did you buy a mustard yellow 65 in 1986?
We talked about the early press car here. It is on the register but despite appeals to the club noted and their extensive investigation of club records, we never found any evidence. If you have contacts with Jersey or those … Continue reading ALE 578 (early 65) where are you?
Courtesy of the Vintage Austin Register, long term Nippy owner Ann Lloyd in Canada writes: “When I was 21 (which is a big deal in Wales; key of the door and all that stuff) my father presented me with this Austin Nippy saying “If I had money you would get an MG. As it is, here’s an Austin Nippy with a speedy engine and a drip feed sump”, or words to that effect. I was at University at the time and having it was a blast. I called her Heffalump from the Winnie the Pooh stories as just like Heffalump … Continue reading 21st birthday Nippy kept for 60 years needs new owner
We discussed some of the evidence for cherry red here. Frank Curry’s 1934 Nippy is presently having restoration work done – a car which he has owned for nearly 60 years. Looking at the stripped body today, it was interesting to see the forensic evidence for colours on the metal. This bright colour has been on the car since he first knew it, but it has a grey primer underneath which looks suspiciously un-thirties. Chris Gould suggested looking at the metal backing for the dash, and this image shows where the grey primer has been scratched through to reveal a … Continue reading Red and Maroon forensics in progress
I bumped into a past owner of CPG 173 who is now running an Ulster. I note that it was linked to Essex club as recently at 2013, now Maroon in colour. Perhaps someone would like to get in touch if they’d like to know more of its early history – and send us a recent photo? Incidentally, we also have on file this image: Continue reading Where is CPG 173 body 499 now?
Charles Holford reports: Nippys are owned by a great variety individuals who have differing views on the importance of originality. Some are enthusiasts for it and will go to great lengths to find original components and materials. Others are happy to modify their cars for a variety of reasons, often to improve safety and drivability. Let it be said there is room for all on this matter but as for myself if there is an area of my car that may easily be put back to, or close to, its original state when it is known I tend to do … Continue reading Thoughts on Nippy boot lid retaining straps
Charles Holford reports: Recently I was reviewing the article on pressure feed crankshaft three bearing engines. One came into my possession in 1969. They must be very rare for many reasons. How many Nippys were made with three bearing engines? Not so many and even fewer with pressure feed to the crank because they cost more and there was more choice of small sports cars by then. How many three bearing pressure feed engines are known to exist? In addition the pressure feed three bearing would have been just as liable to crankshaft fracture as the normal “spit and hope” three … Continue reading Three bearing Nippy engines #2
Steel-bodied cars shown in ascending chassis number order. Continue reading “photo register of Austin Nippy”
These are personally annotated on Austin base plans from Bill’s own file and were never intended for publication. But they may be of use to Nippy restorers tackling the same issues. Click for larger images and the files should be … Continue reading Bill Sheehan measurement notes
Arie Roest recently passed on these rough notes and drawings to the Nippy archive. They were used during the restoration of his (then) early 65 chassis 177467, and may be of use to others. You might have similar from a past restoration which you may wish to lodge here? However sketchy, they may yield some nugget for someone! Continue reading Plans and measurements – appeal
There is now evidence from two late cars – 1937 – that suggest that Austin screens were to this pattern, in two folding pieces. Very different to the other, more common, pattern parts from aftermarket suppliers, as they were designed only for use with the wind deflectors also fitted to 1937 cars. Many cars have been retrofitted with side screens as per the other post here – fitting in the entire space between hood, door and windscreen. Can you add more information to support the hypothesis? It is suggested that all other patterns are aftermarket, and that cars prior to the … Continue reading Original sidescreens
Here are two re-created clamping plates for the bonnet rubber from bodies 821 and 866 respectively. My own holes for a missing plate are about 34mm wide; another plate measured is definitely different to this. Does anyone have an original, or evidence of measurements from their own bodywork? Using a hand nibbler to recreate the rubber clamping plates: Continue reading bonnet rubber clamping plates
The 65/Nippy steering column cover plate screws onto the floorplan near the pedals, and is specific to the model. The pressing is the same basic shape as the one found on the earlier Ulster (below) but the angle is different, the pressing deeper and the upper rim longer. Chris Gould created a wooden mould to re-create an Ulster one and by removing its angled base, the greater depth of the 65/Nippy one could be hammered out in a sheet of thin mild steel screwed down to the hardwood former. This is the comparison of the results with the base to … Continue reading Steering column cover plate
The Nippy inflatable seat bag is covered in Gould’s book and pictures are elsewhere on this site. The inflatable bags degrade and 2016 prices were over £120 per seat bladder. Many Nippys have been ‘Rubified’ over the years due to … Continue reading Ruby to Nippy seat conversion + DIY inflatable bags
The Austin factory plans are valuable documents, despite some shortcomings and errors in these original plans identified by Chris Gould when researching the Ulster and in the ‘EB Nippy’ plan above – i.e. the trafficators are mounted 90 degrees out … Continue reading Rear wing type, position and fit
Anyone know a white aluminium Austin ’65’ registered TH 4603, a Swansea number plate, first registered 7th July 1934, car no. B9-4607, Engine no. 190899, with sports head and manifold, synchro on 3rd and 4th only. The then-owner says “It … Continue reading Lost in Wales?
The Austin Nippy was my first youthful romantic encounter. It was brief but left such an impression on my young mind that I knew that one day I would have one of my own. Some fifty odd years later this dream was finally to become a reality. Continue reading “Saving Stanley – David Gregson’s 1936 Nippy restoration”
65s and Nippies have always been available in cherry red as a stock colour. But what exactly was cherry red? It’s not a simple answer, as when the 65 was released, there were no colour cards in the 1932 Belco … Continue reading Cherry Red paint
The plate dates from mid 1934 in Caernarvonshire but the car it is not currently registered. The past owner had the car for about fifteen years in his garage; the previous owner had it (similarly) for about 8 years before that. … Continue reading Anyone know JC2655, body 498?
Two videos of two cars abroad, a 1935 in Canada that had been in Australia and New Zealand; and a 1936 in the USA. I’ve been trying to find out details of the Gasoline Alley car for the register, but it’s interesting to see the body form in more detail in this video! And here’s a nice bit of film on a car we probably know: Continue reading Nippy Video channel
From a 1990 Association mag, this is actually a 65 – chassis 189876, which is probably now owned and registered in Italy. Be lovely to know the stamped body number as it is quite a late one. Anyone know the … Continue reading Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti competitor
An images from an Austin 7 Clubs’ Association magazine of 1978. What details can you spy? And what images have YOU got on file that should be on here for the benefit of others? Continue reading 65 on the assembly line
A short film showing a restored original engine with an original VE1 carb on a test bed, shortly destined to be re-united with an Austin 65. Continue reading 65 engine on the test bed
A nice piece from 1995 on a 1933 ’65’ – perhaps we can find an update on the car sometime? Continue reading A Westmorland 65 in Cornwall
The re-creation of Atlantic Green was initially considered here. The process using original Austin Motor Company printed material for Atlantic Green resulted in the RAL Design colour signified by code 150 60 30. With the acquisition by the Austin Ten Drivers Club … Continue reading Austin Sports colour Atlantic Green – an update
An interesting new find will be a labour of love to restore. The 1935 car is registered with its original plate and photos show it is basically complete; sidescreens, an original cowl present, engine parts, fuel tank. The body is … Continue reading Body 572 emerges
A past owner reminisces: It was mine in 1968, I rescued it from a burnt out building and it was in a bad way, but complete, and had a proper Speedy engine in it. Because Pitmans book of the Austin Seven described the sports model as having this engine I did not place a particularly high value on it – I thought at the time that all Nippys had it. But in fairness I was only 16 at the time! I last heard of it going through Edmonds Auction partially restored several years ago. I also had two 65 cars; I have to confess … Continue reading Anyone remember or own DTN 426?
Nick Boorman’s early 65 restoration now nears completion, but these two photos show the extra strengthening members connecting the rear with the main floorpan very well. Ian Williams notes: remember that with the 65 the upper part of the body, above … Continue reading 65 floor pan structure
The discovery of this picture from the late 1936 Paris Motor show clarifies some of the non-Austin designs that have crept into Nippy usage. The presumably 1937 model car – one of the last – clearly shows the same style of hood seen in the 1933 technical drawing. The two images of the same car (below) shows what has happened through time, with a lovely comparison (perhaps taken in the 1960s and the 1990s?) of what looks like a new hood uppermost, flap provision for side screens, and a curved door line. The lower picture shows a later hood replacement, … Continue reading Hood evidence
Note the artist’s impression for the front seats… Continue reading “65” Roadtest: Autocar, June 23rd 1933
courtesy of Peter Richards and 750MC; article by Ken Cooke. Click on the images for a larger display. The 1945 article on the same car below: And a John Moon article on carb settings: SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave Continue reading A book on the 1935 “John Moon Nippy” 210737
The exploration of a long-lost 1930s Austin colour came about through a part-finished Nippy whose log book listed the colour as ‘Green/Black’ – from its 60s shade of Racing Green. Whilst evidence of an older colour existed, even a photograph … Continue reading The re-creation of Austin (Sports) Atlantic Green
Car BVK 589, a 1935 Nippy. Launceston church, and the photo taken c.1939, before the railings were removed. Continue reading ‘The Motor’ cover, March 24th 1943
Robin Hanauer reports on DM8750, body 312, which the Survivors’ Register last records in c.2000. “We owned it and home restored it between about 1985 and 1991. I can’t find any of it after our efforts but it definitely had … Continue reading Where is DM 8750 now?
Jim Blacklock, well-known in Austin 7 circles, recounted this exchange after reading the Motor article of the road test of an Arrow-bodied 65. It deserves space in the archive: “The comments about the top speed of 55 mph was a bit odd … Continue reading Factory preparation of 65 and Speedy engines
Here are pictures of an engine 262214 currently for sale in August 2017: The 3 bearing crankshaft came in at engine number 249052 Engine number, chassis 247765. The 3 bearing crank on Sports models arrived at chassis 257842. (so presumably, that … Continue reading Nippy 3 bearing engines
Matthew Myerscough’s car has recently shown an alternative construction for the boot floor region, and the photos present what looks like a tremendously original Nippy beneath many layers of paint. There are differences here to the details found in the … Continue reading Ash framing in boot floor
This is an early Lucas junction box, which have often been replaced by later models with ‘Lucas’ and ‘Birmingham’ written either side of the central screw. It is not specifically Nippy but below, seen on quite an original car. Its … Continue reading Lucas Junction box
The axle filler plug was fitted on Nippies as the clearance was reduced by the proximity to the petrol tank. It seems to have been fitted for access from the offside. Sizes measured from an original on Chris Gould’s car: … Continue reading axle filler plug
Chris Gould’s book outlines the construction details of four of the original wooden blocks which were screwed in place to hold toolkit items. This 1933 drawing details their use: However, at the time there was no information available on the … Continue reading Boot floor & fittings
A fine database of images of 214096, an early steel LHD car with remains of an Austin body tag. It has plenty of original detail and some features different to RHD cars we are familiar with. The gearbox is stamped … Continue reading Austin LHD Nippy – body 525
One 50 year Nippy ownership has been well publicised during 2016 with the culmination of the restoration of COM 951, a late 1936 Nippy. Bertie Fowler explains: I first became interested in the Austin Seven when I was 16. My … Continue reading A Nippy duo – Fowler Brothers
Chris Gould reported: “I have never seen one before, but have been given one that needs a bit of work. I can see that it is correct as it is a Lucas one and the diameter is about the length … Continue reading Mirror restoration
Restoration of cars is beset with good but misplaced intention. This is recent evidence of Nippy loom clips below the cutout, photographed from a 1937 car: This information echoes the findings from Chris Gould’s 1936 car in the 1970s. The … Continue reading leather loom clips – restorers’ Chinese whispers
This loom was present in a 1937 car stored since 1954, after the crankshaft broke. Several have commented independently that it is as other original looms they have seen: “All the original looms I’ve seen have faded colours and degraded rubber … Continue reading original Nippy wiring 1936 and 1937
This discussion post is made in light of variation in the front light wiring runs and junction box use in Nippys and later 65s. Please compare your own car and provide feedback (on loom position and extra loom holes) as … Continue reading Discussions on Nippy wiring loom variation, May 2017
The understanding of the front to rear wiring run is easier than the main loom; there are less variables throughout the production run 1933-37. These images show a 1937 car and the start of armoured wiring leading from the under-dash … Continue reading front to rear wiring run
Ian Williams, carefully returning BJ4033 back to standard specification, was interested to see some of Chris Gould’s archive images: “the dark green car belonged to a friend Graeme Banks. The yellow car is a 65 that belongs to another friend; … Continue reading New Zealand Nippys
Looking at evidence from early photos is the only way to determine original specification – unless one is absolutely sure an extant car is ‘untouched’. The 1933 magazine reports on the 65 are ambiguous as they provide tantalising evidence of … Continue reading Battery, earth and battery cable position
Re-assembling bits during restoration, the cables present for choke/strangler and starter did not seem to fit with the steering column bracket, forcing a few questions to the experts. Was this metal “grommet” unoriginal and to be removed?Interrogating the car’s photo … Continue reading Starter pull and cable type
These pictures show gusset plates on an early 65. With restorer’s guide books like Rinsey Mills – its featured 65 is ironically a very late one – some early 65s have lost these plates, perhaps as presumed unoriginal, to be … Continue reading scuttle to lower panel gusset/strengthening plates
A very interesting car has emerged in South Africa. Rod and Greig Smith’s car is undoubtedly a 65 body from the evidence of an alloy skin and no holes in the front wings for sidelights. A Bluemel wheel is also … Continue reading Dating an early car with no history
The digitised Austin 7 Clubs Association (A7CA) archive is a gem, with many brochures available here. The December 1933 brochure “The Little Friend of all the World”, Austin Publication 1034, features the first showing of the 65:In 1934, the car, same … Continue reading Austin’s 65/Nippy UK marketing Dec 1933-Dec 1936
An archive image from Dave Adams’ 65 seems to show an original placement for the door strap. Note the position of the strap ends to ensure that the strap doesn’t pull across the aperture. Can anyone else confirm or provide … Continue reading door retainer strap and ends
These discovered and sent in by Matthew Myerscough, currently researching and restoring his Nippy. Can anyone else provide images of marks they have found? (Three replies so far – a 65 and two Nippies – with nothing to report. Keep … Continue reading markings on front wing to chassis irons
The photos below seem to show a 65/Nippy specific transmission tunnel rubber mat on a very early 65. Can anyone provide any more evidence for transmission tunnel covering or mats in the footwells that could be original, either physically or … Continue reading interior rubber mats
One of the primary contributors to originality of the 65/Nippy is the body and its stamped body number, and yet many car owners do not know of its presence, probably because of the confusion with the car number and its … Continue reading body number
Modern regulations have required retrofitting of rear reflectors and many fit two lamps either side of the number plate to better cope with modern traffic conditions. However, new cars were supplied with a single rear light; there were no attachments … Continue reading Rear light
Photographs from the first 15 years of cars’ lives are more likely to show original detail. Click on images to access larger slideshow. New cars: Cars from old-ish photos: September 1935 picture of Robert foreman’s father John at Randall’s Garage, … Continue reading 1930s and 1940s images
This correspondence resulted in a later article about the correspondent’s cars in 1944, also filed on this site. Continue reading Autocar letter, 1943
from the handbook for the ’65’: from the handbook for the Nippy and Speedy: For a more general consideration of Zenith downdrafts that can be used when the VE1 cannot be found, see here. Continue reading Zenith 30VE1 downdraft carburettor
Some images from Ian Williams whilst stripping, repairing and recreating a Nippy door lock: This picture has good detail of the correct bakelite handle: Ian had contact with Bill Hughes who created the Morgan Series One website here, (see Interior> Door … Continue reading Wilmot Breeden door locks
The addition of chromed bonnet studs on either side of the hinge allows the bonnet to be opened and rested fully back onto the other side without damaging paintwork (but must exert pressure on the flat plane of the bonnet … Continue reading bonnet studs
These pictures from Bertie Fowler’s restoration of a later 1936 car show the original seat base layout with inserted steel plate (here remade in 20swg steel) protecting the seat base bag – to which the inflatable cushion was added. The … Continue reading Seats
Chris Gould knows of several people wanting Nippy mirror brackets for either of the sides of the car. He has the equipment for making them but not the time. A friend of his made several, subsequently giving Chris the equipment … Continue reading Mirror bracket
This picture (left) is from a 1933 article on the new 65, and is drawn from a LHD car. This 1935 car (below) shows the Lucas battery which has integral lugs/flanges to connect up with the retainer post on either side … Continue reading Battery retainer brackets
The cowl brace protects the brass radiator cowl from distortion brought on by the weight of the headlamp supports and front wings. Many have been lost or replaced with badge bars across of the front of the car. The bar … Continue reading radiator cowl brace
Use Chris Gould’s Nippy/65 book as a first point of call, but post any questions here that need answering for benefit of all. on Nippy Head gaskets A member sent Chris Garner an A7 Spares list from Witham’s Motors of Balham, … Continue reading Engine
from a 1933 ’65’ from an early 1935 Nippy; the brown matches the wood dash. from a 1936 car (carpets screwed or riveted down) Continue reading Rare parts: Nippy dash carpet set
Some period images of cars when near new: Chris Gould notes: To quote from the book “The Austin Seven”: The Nippy was in fact a new name for the 1933 “65” sports model and the only difference in the outwards appearance … Continue reading Hoods, Sidescreens and mountings
1937 Nippies had wind deflectors and Robert Foreman’s image of an export Nippy (presumably from the wheel/tyre specification) clearly shows these, perhaps on a new or near-new car. Gould’s book shows details of folding screens and several recent images have … Continue reading Nippy Folding Screens and Wind deflectors
The Bill Williams book on Austin 7 Specials notes: “for simple general purpose layout with adequate performance, there is very little to beat the single downdraft carburettor. Many well know Austin Specials have performed most creditably with a downdraft Zenith … Continue reading Downdraft Zenith carburettors
The 1933 road test car photo is a good example for the alignment of the Nippy exhaust, coming below the radius arm and then running straight to the back of the car. Chris Gould’s book details the dimensions of the … Continue reading 65/Nippy exhaust alignment
This early car is still on the register. Does anyone know of its whereabouts as it potentially has a similar dash top strip to another early car currently being restored. Continue reading “65” Roadtest: Light Car, December 29, 1933
This 1935 Nippy has a May ’37 axle. Marked 8 over 42 – so it is a 5.25, which ties with specification information. It has an ‘S’ mark where the Gould book suggests they may occur. So what, other than … Continue reading Nippy Rear Axle – what does an ‘S’ designate?
My 1935 car has recently had its wings blasted back to metal, and both fronts and rears are marked on the inner sides/underneaths – near the mounting bolts – with a ‘2’. I think they are original and this suggests … Continue reading Nippy wing marking codes
June 2016 Update: This is the new rubber that Chris Gould sourced from a tiny section of his original rubber and has now had manufactured.
Here is a period drawing of the screen rubber in a 1933 roadtest. It appears to be flat rather than curved, and coming from the centre of the attachment profile. Any thoughts on choices from the selection of modern profiles listed below? What have you used? Continue reading “Windscreen rubber for Nippy & 65”
There are variations in the size of windscreens, in addition to the shape of the mounting stanchions which are well documented in Chris Gould’s guide. The earliest cars seem to have a glass height at the very centre of the screen of … Continue reading Windscreen
These images act as a developing set of sources for locating the original wiring routes around the engine bay. Original cars are best if they can be found, but the restored cars featured are used for the strength of their own … Continue reading Nippy and 65 engine bay wiring
These images act as sources for locating the original wiring routing down the driver’s side (RHD) to the rear of the car. Click images for larger slideshow. Send images if you have anything which adds to the material here. 1933 car … Continue reading Nippy and 65 O/S wiring loom run
It seems reasonable that after 80 years, the surviving cars should give a good basis for extrapolation and comparison to the perceived total production figures, without much knowledge of anything else. Statements made in respected Austin Seven texts can be tested using the statistics available. It seems that the number of Nippies producted was massively over-estimated.
Meeting Chris Gould for the first time, he was hard at work on the orange TT Ulster Replica he had been campaigning at Wiscombe the weekend before, where it had developed a misfire. At a tea break, he showed me … Continue reading Chris Gould, Special Builder and Car Restorer
There are plenty of images floating around on the web, and with a little interrogation of the Survivors Register, here are alloy-bodied cars shown in ascending chassis number order, left to right. Continue reading “photo register of Austin 65 EB65 Sports”
Here are cars shown in ascending chassis number order, top to bottom; left to right. Hybrids and those where information is not known are shown after the main progression. Continue reading “photo register of Austin 75 and Speedy”
The original Lucas dipswitches now command huge sums on ebay. In 2014 Tony Betts produced a finely crafted and very reasonably priced replica with the correct long body (still available). If you want to make something yourself, the shorter £20 … Continue reading Lucas dip switch conversions for Austin 7
This auction result from 2011 suggests a Nippy, but its body number equates to B9-2020, which sits it firmly as a 65. I wonder what its chassis number is, which would confirm things. Its Bluemel steering wheel also hints that … Continue reading Whatever happened to BDH 24?
Nick Boorman is restoring an early 65; especially intriguing as it is in the first 15 or so cars still in existence on the Survivors’ Register, but it was not registered until 1934 – towards the end of the 65 … Continue reading Early 65: knife-edge dash top
After getting lost in copies of Pitman’s, the original handbook and various charts, I’ve put it all into a simple list (with more excellent info from those on Austin Seven Friends forum) so I can pin something on the car … Continue reading Austin 7 Lubrication list
My pencil notes show the earliest steel body Nippy as body number 358, chassis 196018. Similarly, the last body number recorded on the Survivors Register for a 65 is about 337, although there are a few cars after that without … Continue reading The earliest Nippys – 65s in all but name
Vehicle Registration particulars recorded over the last 80 years can be seen from the headings on logbooks from 1930 and the 1960s (left). We see the latter in many of the continuation books still present with vehicle histories. The addition … Continue reading Logbook document variations
Manor Road Garage opened for business in 1934. In the 1930s there were many garages built with an art deco influence and many have been lost for ever. Manor Road Garage was a working garage until the owner died in … Continue reading ’34 car and ’34 garage
‘Bought a cheap Chummy on ebay. It’s not really fit for modern use. Continue reading Chummys are too small
P.J. Stephens iconic account of his and a friend’s entrance into motor racing is entrancing reading. It is so down to earth that one believes it is all possible in exactly the same way as he accounts from the 1950s, … Continue reading Building and Racing my ‘750’
A rare beast, printed by the Figaro Press SW6 perhaps first in 1954, with an introduction by the then Seven-Fifty Club General Secretary Colin Peck. It brought together all the Technical articles from 1949-1953 by the likes of Holland Birkett, … Continue reading The Special-Builder’s Guide (750 Motor Club; 1950s)
The APF fitting is common as the Seven Workshop replacement headlamp unit uses it. However, the options for replacement bulbs are not great, should you wish to tinker; especially if you are sticking to 6V electrics. Getting to the bottom … Continue reading The arcane world of the American Pre-Focus APF fitting
I chanced upon a lone wheel from a house clearance. Its role (roll?) now lost, an 85 year old marooned in a modern, changed world. What struck me was the detail of neglect, inattention and obscurity. Lost paint, a bright hue now faded to something jewel-like; the construction of the ATS-brand remould, dating from perhaps 50 years ago. Rough and rudimentary attention to preserve or fix, now giving patina and delight. Still holding air, still basically sound, just needing an oily-rag vehicle to act as a spare for, to give it some purpose again. Continue reading A vintage wheel
On the 31st January 1907, Le Matin issued what it called A Stupendous Challenge. The supreme use of the automobile is that it makes long journeys possible. Its effect is to make man the master of distance. Its appeal is that … Continue reading Chummy – Pekin to Paris centenary
LF LARKIN (DAVID KOSSOFF) BUYS AUSTIN MINI “SEVEN” A FAREWELL TO “BUTTERCUP” This is a period photo, Issued by the press office for The Austin Motor Company & Car Mart Limited, Sole Austin Distributors for London. The ATV TV series … Continue reading The Larkins’ Buttercup
A family friend suggested ‘calling round to see a couple of Austin Sevens’ and we jumped into a Bentley 3 litre in the pouring rain, hood down, for the trip. I subsequently found a couple of notable links to our … Continue reading Vat 69 and Clarkson Rose
I came across – and purchased – 100 photographic slides from the late 60s, entitled Austin 7. They must tell some story of past ownership and may have come from an estate, as the generations have passed. Or you may … Continue reading A ‘Sixties photographic archive
Bob Drewitt bought the car, AYU 517, from a D.J.Hunt in late 1966 for £75; sold in 1968 to Bernard Humphrey of Rochford, Essex who later sold it on with another Nippy as spares. The last known colour was cream … Continue reading Is Type 65 AYU 517 still around?
Tim Braby in Brisbane owns what was sold as a 1934 Nippy Sports. It originally was registered as CPA208 on the 8/11/1934. A buff Registration book dates from 1955 and was issued by the Surrey C.C. Chassis number is 204570, … Continue reading Anyone remember CPA 208? A former 65 body?
A few snaps. Click on any for full size slideshow. Continue reading Beaulieu 2015
I came across this on a website in the States, published by the now defunct Classic and Car Conversions. Continue reading “SU Carburettor tuning”