unearthed in US – but UK history pre-1960s?

Could this be a 1934 UK registration sequence? The current owner purchased the RHD Nippy from well-known car collector Leo Gephart in 1967 and was told it came from the Harrah’s collection. The car has been stored inside but has not been driven since the 60s. Please report the chassis and body number if you come across it!

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  1. I just purchased this car yesterday 11/21 from the gentleman in Dayton, Ohio. He’d had it stored in his barn since 1967, and claims it ran when parked. Going over it today I found a windshield sticker from New Zealand dated 1963/64, and the old Goodyear tires still say “Made in New Zealand” on the sidewalls. The only number plate I’ve found so far is on the bulkhead under the left bonnet lid and has the number “A/EB 254860″ on it. 248741 is the number on the title but I haven’t found that number anywhere on the car yet. I also notice it has a downdraft Solex carb and 16″, 3-lug wheels rather than 19” ones.

    Its new home is in lower Michigan and my intention is a comprehensive restoration. I hope. Comments very welcome.

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    1. Hi!! Very nice! I’m also in Michigan and appreciate that someone will rescue this car.

      Let us know what sort of engine that you’ve got. There was some discussion of this was a pressurised engine vs splash oil.

      Brock

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      1. Brock! Good to hear from you. I’d received that message you’d sent to Justin about the potential rarity / value of the car when I was about halfway home with it. I had no idea it was of interest to anyone.

        I’m finishing up several pre-winter projects and hope to get the Nippy in the workshop soon. Once up on the lift I can do an evaluation on the chassis and pull the sump to see what’s what. Hoping for the 3-main crank and the oil pump, will advise. I did pull the plugs and found the engine will turn over quite freely, so that’s good news. BTW, do you have a preferred parts supplier for these things?

        Paul R.

        PS: I’m near Jackson, where are you?

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      2. Hi Paul.

        I’m 20 miles west of Pontiac so not far away in the grand scheme of things.

        As far as parts, you’d have to check with the people on the Nippy list or with a Seven club.

        I’ve only got “modern” Austin’s (1955, 1963) so those answers are best left to the pre-war experts

        All the best! Brock

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      3. Greetings Brock. Hope all’s well.

        Finally got the Nippy up on the lift today, found the chassis tag with #254860. This matches the body tag number exactly, so I think the number on the old title is simply wrong. Can you confirm date of manufacture? (Or tell me how to look it up.)

        Hope to pull the oil pan off later, but the engine does have the ribbed sump and down-draft carb of the higher performance engine. Looking for the 3-main crank and the oil pump but don’t know of any way to check for the higher-lift cam.

        Will advise. Thanks! Paul R.

        On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 7:15 PM Austin 65/Nippy Archive wrote:

        > Brock commented: “Hi Paul. I’m 20 miles west of Pontiac so not far away in > the grand scheme of things. As far as parts, you’d have to check with the > people on the Nippy list or with a Seven club. I’ve only got “modern” > Austin’s (1955, 1963) so those answers a” >

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      4. Still digging into the engine, don’t know what info you received so forgive any redundancy. Pulled the pan, it has the 2 main brg crank & oil pump. Could be a “Speedy” engine, Also found in an old brochure that these were fitted with standard 19″ wheels, except for export. Those got 16″s, which is what I have. This car might have been sent new to New Zealand in ’37. Interesting.

        BTW, love to see some pics of your cars.

        Paul R.

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