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I’m a very aged man, but in all my years starting from a schoolboy of 14, I’ve owned 16 Austin Sevens.  I suppose finding your first car is so memorable.

My first A7 was basically abandoned next to a school fence, by a house owner who must have looked upon it every day for a few years.  It was looking very sad, but I knocked on his door and simply asked him if I could have it…. “ha ha ha” he chuckled…”you can’t have it for nothing, but how much have you got?”. I said that my dad gave me ‘Ten Bob’ spends and he could have that, “well I like your cheek, but give me an extra half a crown and it’s yours”…….. So that’s how much my own very first car cost – ‘twelve and sixpence’ – 52p in decimal.

Now at 73 I’m interested in electrifying two Austins, 1 an old RP and one a genuine ‘Barn Find’ Austin 10 – the latter being so perfect for the job, and so it all started……..I’ll look for a nice Austin 7 (he said, but didn’t get…)

Hidden car
Some people – whilst watching ‘American Pickers’ dream of finding a long tucked away vintage car

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