Old Austin spotted while delivering Vintage batteries in the area.
I was very surprised when I called into a local garden centre for a coffee at there coffee shop. I love old and vintage cars and in actual fact we sell the 6 volt hard rubber vintage batteriesthat fit these old vehicles. To my amazement I saw an old vintage car forming the part of a sort of farm and country display in the corner of one of the glass houses selling household ware.
Luckily I always keep my small camera with me and were able to take a couple of pictures for my blog . The car turned out to be a pick-up and was an Austin Lichfield Pick-up from 1932. The car is very rare and I was really pleased to come across such a wonderful old car.
Morris Minor vintage batteries delivered
These Austin vans and pick-ups were known as “tillies” according to the article from “Gracesguide”. I successfully delivered the vintage batteries which were for an old split screen Morris Minor 1000.
“A virtually new car was launched in 1939 with the body shell incorporating the floor to give a semi-unitary structure. The car was completely restyled by Argentine born Ricardo “Dick” Burzi who had joined Austin from Lancia in 1929. The bonnet was hinged at the rear, replacing the side-opening type on the old car and the radiator grille became rounded and there was no cabriolet.In spite of the outbreak of World War II, production of the Austin 10 continued in large numbers but there were no tourers but there was a pick-up. In all during the war 53,000 of the saloons, pick-ups and vans, the last two unofficially known as “Tillies”, were made.With peace in 1945 a change was immediately made to civilian production but with the post-war financial crisis they were nearly all exported with the first one arriving in the United States in July 1945. The car continued in production in saloon form only until October 1947 to be replaced by the A40. The van also re-appeared post-war with a slightly larger 1,237-cc engine”…Read more on this old and very rare car at http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Austin:_Ten
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