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
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
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.
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