Photographer's Note

I am reliably informed that this model is an Austin 12/4 (so-called because it had a 12 horsepower engine with four cylinders) and was very popular in the 1920s particularly as taxis. You can read more about that model on Wikipedia.Thank you John(Tyro)for the correction.
The image is not too sharp but that is because our car windscreen was a little dusty.Taken on the A47 near Morcott in Rutland about 7miles from Oakham.

Herbert Austin felt a smaller car would be popular, in spite of protestations from the company's board of directors who were concerned about the financial status of the company. Austin won them over by threatening to take the idea to their competitor Wolseley, and got permission to start on the design which was by him (chassis, suspension etc) and Stanley Edge (engine) working together from 1921 into 1922 at Austin's home, Lickey Grange.

Austin put a large amount of his own money into the design and patented many of its innovations in his own name. In return for the investment he was paid a royalty of two guineas (2, 2s), (2.10) on every car sold.

The first prototype was registered with the number OK 2950 and was later joined by OK 3537.

1922 July the car was launched, initially with a 696cc engine

Two thousand cars were made in the first year of production, not as many as hoped, but within a few years the "big car in miniature" had wiped out the cyclecar industry and transformed the fortunes of Austin.

1923 The engine size was increased to 747cc

1924 Added an electric starter

1933 Added a four-speed gearbox

By 1939 when production finally ended, 290,000 cars and vans had been made. (Some accounts say 375,000 produced)

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Viewed: 1939
Points: 16
Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 97 W: 66 N: 609] (2024)
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