Austin Motor Co Ltd, England
This exhibit was donated by Mr Gary Cauton. Austin styling received a face-lift in 1937 and again in 1939 when the alligator bonnet models came in with a larger, 900 cc, 8 hp power motor. Although the new model Austin 8 looked different from the popular hardy little Austin 7, the image remained the same – solid and well finished cars of great durability.
4 cylinder, side-valve, 8 hp, 900 cc, Girling brakes.
This car is the last of several specials built by the late Bob Wright. Bob raced at Brooklands in the U.K. and was also a prominent performer at the Muriwai Beach races in the late 1920’s and meticulous in everything he did – as is shown in this nearly finished example. During the 1950’s Aston Martin cars won many international racing events.
6 cylinders, twin ohc, 84 mm bore, 90 mm stroke, 2992 cc, 5-speed shaft, independent front link, de Dion rear axle.