I came across another ‘barn find’ (only in a garage) for 47 years!!!

I’m sure people don’t realise, finding a 1930’s classic car that has been stored, unused and unrestored for 47 years is a 21st century miracle. Once in a blue moon, we read about an old wreck being found in the Australian or Indian wilds, but finding one in Britain is becoming almost impossible. 

The one below is a beautiful model 10 from the Austin stable.  The Ten was popular with families and (dare I say) – the wealthier blue-collar management class that thought the Seven was just too small and crude.  

This version is 1933, 4 door (centre pillar??), typical chrome radiator, huge headlights and very similar in shape to the 1933 RP – just bigger. A lot more SOLID, much heavier doors, thicker steel body shell and substantial wheels and tyres. The 10 hp engine was just like the 750cc Seven – just bigger.

Owning it now, I’m discovering WHY it has been left untouched….. the starter is still seized and without a major strip-down it would never had moved. 

At least it has been in a dry garage. There is very little rot but hundreds of tiny rust dots all over the original maroon paintwork. The running boards are solid as are the mudguards but door hinges are stuck as are the door catches. The sliding roof has caved in (I think by a cat or a heavy item) and mice have nibbled the thick leather seats in the rear. Nothing too serious.

We have no details of the life the 10 enjoyed – other than an original 1973 tax disc and the old green log book. After 47 years it is unlikely the owners will be still at that address. Most of it’s life it seems to have been in Lancashire.