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Austin Big Seven - 1937-1939
The tiny austin seven was one of the most successful models ever made. Licensed versions were produced in france by rosengart, in germany by bmw, in the United States by american austin and in japan by datsun. Near the end of its run, austin presented a variant: The big seven.
Top speed of 62 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Side-valve, in¬line 4
displacement 900 cc (0.9 l) power rating 25 hp transmission 4-speed manual
chassis: Front transverse and rear quarter-elliptic leaf-spring suspension; Girling drum brakes; 1,624 lbs.
The stretch seven
big being a relative term, the length of this sedan 11 ft., 2 in. Would hardly impress a cadillac owner, but it was seven in. Longer and three in. Wider than the regular seven, with a wheelbase of 87 12 in. Compared to the normal 81 in. This resulted in more comfort for the passengers and four doors instead of the regular sevens two doors. There was a choice of a fixed-head sedan or one with a sliding sun roof. Still a cheap car, the big seven became a little cheaper in 1938, when two-door sedans were added to the line.
motoring in style
the bigger, heavier car called for more power, so the big sevens engine was expanded to 900 cc from the previous 748. With hp increased from 17 to 25,. The new model could reach 62 mph
(but probably needed the help of a following wind to do so). The roomy interior, front bucket seats and leather upholstery meant motoring in style for the big seven owner and his family.
The big seven provided more comfort and power than austins regular seven model.
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