Austin 7 hp

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For the 1922–39 Austin of a similar name, see Austin 7.
Austin 7 hp
Austin 7 h.p. Tourer 1911 (5456589197).jpg
1910 open 2-seater
Overview
Manufacturer Swift
Production 1909–1911
Assembly United Kingdom: Coventry, West Midlands
Powertrain
Engine 1,087 cc (66.3 cu in) side-valve single-cylinder engine[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 1,828.8 mm (72 in)[1]
Length 2,679.7 mm (8 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Width 1,397.0 mm (4 ft 7 in)[1]
Kerb weight 7 12 long cwt (840 lb; 381 kg)[1]
Chronology
Successor Austin 7

The Austin 7 hp is a small motor car that was designed by British manufacturer Austin, and built by Swift for two years from 1909 to 1911. It was introduced to the public at the November 1909 Motor Show at London's Olympia. The resulting 7 hp car was sold under both Austin and Swift marques; a total of 1,030 were produced, 162 of which were Austin.[2]

1909 open 2-seater

The 7 hp was powered by a single-cylinder engine, using one cylinder block from the Austin 18/24 engine.[3] The resulting engine of 1099 cc produced 9 hp at 1300 rpm.[2]

The press described it at its first showing as "in every detail thoroughly up-to-date. The frame is of pressed steel, a gate lever operates the gears and the finish is excellent".[4]

The car was sold for £150 but it was not a success, and production ceased after two years.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Culshaw & Horrobin 2013, p. 58.
  2. ^ a b c Baker 2006.
  3. ^ "Austin: 7 h.p.". Grace's Guide. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Mechanical Features Of The Motor Exhibition. The Times, Wednesday, Nov 17, 1909; pg. 17; Issue 39119

References[edit]

  • Baker, John (2006). "Austin 7HP 1909". Austin Memories. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  • Culshaw, David; Horrobin, Peter (2013) [1974]. "Austin". The Complete Catalogue of British Cars 1895 - 1975 (e-book ed.). Poundbury, Dorchester, UK: Veloce Publishing. pp. 57–68. ISBN 978-1-845845-83-4.