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”
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”
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 alternative colour schemes; click on any for full size slideshow. Continue reading Nippy & Type 65 non-standard colour schemes
The first Special Sports Parts list by Austin, reproduced in full here courtesy of Squeak on Austin Seven Friends; forum here.
Click on images for full screen gallery and to comment on individual pages. This one printed in 1936, but dealing with 1933/4 cars:
Continue reading “Austin Seven Sports Two-Seater Spare Parts List 1169 (Type 65 EB65 & Nippy) pub. 1936”
printed in 1937; the second Special Parts list by Austin, reproduced in full here. Click on images for full screen gallery and to comment on individual pages. Continue reading “Austin Nippy Sports: Special Spare Parts list 1406 (January 1937)”
I was talking with someone about Dixi and came across Helmut Kazimirowicz’s excellent German web archive http://www.dixi-automobile.de
The images are particularly evocative. Continue reading “Nippy at 1935 Berlin Motor Show prior to announcement of Peoples’ Car”
Images are now up on the A7CA archive:
There is also a Speedy body drawn on 3rrd November 1933.
The hawked images available elsewhere on the web are pretty poor – these are slightly photoshopped to improve what is available online. Click for larger images. Continue reading “Austin Nippy Chassis & Body Blueprints”
“Racers in miniature; a splendid investment for those who demand the thrill of really high speeds” – the new Nippy and Speedy. Continue reading “Austin Nippy and Speedy Ad November 1934”