1927 Austin 12/4 Tourer 1861cc, immaculate. NOW SOLD

Chassis Number: 34727 Car No. 4TT 20287

Engine Number: 35084L

NOW SOLD - 1927 Austin 12/4 Tourer - ABSOLUTELY & TOTALLY IMMACULATE - 1300 miles since complete restoration by the present owner over 40 years...complete with original Gloucester registration, registered on 11th June 1927. Never been out in the rain.

For sale with the sought-after and attractive early narrow body and short radiator cowl BUT WITH the longer stroke larger 1866cc engine fitted to the later cars. A changeover period car for the Austin 12/4, the new engine was ready, so it was fitted to the outgoing prettier Austin 12/4 Tourer offered for sale today. It is absolutely correct for the 1926/7 change over period, the earlier narrow body cars fitted with the 1600cc engine

PROGRESSION OF BODY CHANGES : This car has a body number prefix of 4 TT. The earlier narrow body cars with the 1600cc engine had a prefix of 3TT, with the later cars having a wider body, taller rad shell, and 1866 cc engine , these cars had a 5TT prefix. This car being an intermediary 4TT car makes it more desirable on account of its early pretty body but with more powerful 1866cc engine, and so a factory transition car.

Purchased in 1980 by the vendor in very poor condition from a man who had owned it for about 10 years, in turn he had acquired it from someone else who had rescued it from a field.

Over the following 32 years it was subject to a painstaking and quite costly restoration by the present owner - duly completed in 2012. Since then it has had very little use, indeed just 1300 miles travelled. He tracked down the farmer in Keynsham near Bristol where the car had been abandoned and went to see him shortly after he bought this car. The farmer was delighted that the Austin still existed, and told him he purchased this car in about 1945. Clearly this car had probably never left the area in its life. The last entry for road tax in the buff logbook is Jan 1952, the RF60 Log Book on file dating back to 1946.

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The work completed by the present owner:

COOLING SYSTEM New correct pattern radiator core. New hoses, reproduction Enots hose clips, new water pump (all 3 parts)

ENGINE Full rebuild, 5-main bearing crank reground, new white metal , new steel main bearing caps, crank, flywheel, clutch balanced,new Saenz billet Conrods , camshaft and followers re-ground, cylinder block re-bored, new pistons, valves, guides, springs. The engine has full oil filtration as it has shell bearing Conrods. Rebuilt magneto.The spark plug leads even have the proper Chater-Lea plug connections!

CLUTCH New fitted.

GEARBOX Stripped, new bearings, lip oil seal conversion, found to be noisy so another gearbox from Bob James, stripped and rebuilt with new bearings and lip seal conversion.

PROPSHAFT New fabric coupling, new Carden joint.

REAR AXLE Stripped, cleaned , reassembled with lip seals to the hubs.

FRONT AXLE Stripped, cleaned, new bushes.

SUSPENSION Rebuilt springs, new pins and bushes throughout. New brake linings and bushes to the shock absorbers.

BRAKES Relined, new cables, new Clovis pins throughout. Transmission handbrake relined.

BODYWORK Stripped, largely new woodwork, panels blast cleaned, , all 4 wings renewed ( made by Ron Cantrell on recommendation from Tony Smallbone ) professional bare metal repaint, all correct body fittings, bright work re-plated in nickel. New hood and side screens in Everflex as this was thought to be closest to what would have been used originally

INTERIOR All leather work, seats, door cards, carpet binding all done in the correct Aligator pattern leather supplied by Connolly. Correct blue/black stipple carpet from the VAR Instruments all restored.

ELECTRICS Rewired in the correct armour cable, Dynamo overhauled and conversion to 2 brush operation, New starter, has indicators fitted, has brake lights.


TRACK : 4'0"

FINAL DRIVE : 5.12 : 1


New world record price achieved


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