Classic Cars


Austin Seven Special of 1938 SOLD

Engine747cc side valve
Driver SideRHD
Year Manufactured1938
ConditionGood Condition
Asking PriceSOLD

Offered for sale is this well-travelled Austin Seven ‘Special’, built as a retirement project for trialling and hill climbs. It was ‘detuned’ slightly by the previous owner and has since travelled the globe extensively having crossed both North and South America coast to coast as well as travelling a great deal around Europe and UK.

Supplied new by Pikes of Exeter to Homefield Dairy, Heavitree, this Austin started life on 16th December 1938 as an Austin Seven van, presumably carrying out deliveries for the dairy. After a long life under a couple of largely local Devon owners, it ended up being the retirement project of a Mr Mackie to transform it into a car equipped for trialling and hill climbing in around the 1990s. It was then bought by the previous owner in 1997 who altered the set up slightly, gearing it more towards touring before tackling a number of significant trips around the world with it over the subsequent 20 years. The result is remarkably well-travelled Austin with some pleasant, Exeter-based provenance followed by some serious ‘preservation-era’ pedigree.

In terms of the Austin itself, it is accompanied by a vast folder detailing maintenance schedules and invoicing back to at least June 2002. It is in good roadworthy condition and has been enjoyed under the current ownership. As with any earlier cars, such as this, which have seen modifications, the buyer should be prepared that, although sold in good order, a degree of mechanical understanding would be expected to keep it in roadworthy order.

The paint and finish are what you would expect of a characterful, well-travelled Austin Special with a nice patina showing through making it a real talking point. The 747cc side-valve engine is sweet and the gearbox a smooth as would be expected. It is a two-bearing engine with a Phoenix crankshaft. The conrods are Austin with white metal big ends. The block has been sleeved. It stops readily and drives nicely.

Overall, a charming Austin Seven Special which is looking for a new home to continue its superb story nearly 85 years after it rolled off the production line!


We always encourage prospective buyers to view historic vehicles and steam engines in person prior to purchase. This car is advertised for sale by Berrybrook Steam & Classics on behalf of the owner and seller.

For more information, please speak to Matt on 01392 833301 or email [email protected]

As with all of our historic vehicles listed for sale, we recommend viewing in person where possible. Appointments are recommended so please try to contact us before travelling for a viewing. 

Please ask about our flexible part-exchange options. Delivery can be arranged to anywhere in the UK, and beyond, at buyer’s expense.

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