This single-cylinder machine was a joint project between Austin and Swift of Coventry. The intention was to make near identical cars, to be built in their respective factories.
The Austin version was only sold for two years, between 1909 and 1911, although the equivalent Swift model continued to the start of WW1. Of around 1,000 7hp models made in 1910 and 1911, only 162 were sold as Austins and this is probably the only survivor.
The 7hp was not a particularly popular model despite its reasonable price. Time was running out for the rough-running big single-cylinder engines and Austin soon introduced a small, four-cylinder model instead, the first Austin Ten.
On loan to Atwell Wilson Motor Museum