1927 Austin Seven Top Hat

MAKEAustin Seven
COLOUROld English White

1927 Austin Seven Top Hat

  • Fully restored
  • Unique Bournville & Horlicks Coachwork
  • Rare Top Hat form
  • Alloy body
  • Much original paperwork
  • Just four previous owners
  • Please scroll down the page past the video to see the bidding and to read a full description for this lot

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  • Fully restored
  • Unique Bournville & Horlicks Coachwork
  • Rare Top Hat form
  • Alloy body
  • Much original paperwork
  • Just four previous owners

Charming, charismatic, captivating. That will be a Austin Seven Top Hat. Simple, affordable and great fun. If you fancy a pre-war classic that is great value, easy to own and enjoy, then look no further than an classic Austin Seven in rare Top Hat form.

Body, Chassis & Exterior

  • Comprehensively rebuilt
  • Alloy body unique to the Top Hat

The ‘Top Hat’, so called because of its upright, formal-looking, straight-sided coachwork, was one of the first Austin Seven saloons, panelled in aluminium to save weight, and with elaborate cloth trim – unusual for a British car at the time

The A-shaped chassis is robust and straightforward. These cars were built in the traditional way using a partly wooden-framed body with steel/aluminium. In general terms this does mean if you’re buying a Seven you need on the lookout for such issues.

Gladly not so in the case of this particular classic Seven. Our vendor advises us; “This particular was rebuilt to exacting standard”

Take a look at the image gallery and you’ll see why he is so precise with his comments.


If you’ve not tried a Seven before – everyone should – your first impression is that the Austin is indeed compact and snug! However, whilst the Top Hat was based on the original Chummy, it is bigger all round and much more roomy inside.

The interior of any classic car can be expensive if it needs attention.

The great thing with this Seven in particular, is the hard work and all that expense has been taken care of.

The interior is fully retrimmed and looks very good.

Engine, Transmission and Mechanicals

The heart of the charming Seven is the engine. This Austin Seven has the very scarce early mag engine. Try finding one of these.

Despite getting on for nearly 100 years old, the little side-valve engine in the Austin Seven is quite sophisticated. It is built around an aluminium crankcase, mated to a cast iron cylinder block with cast iron cylinder head. Cooling is via natural convection, without a water pump, and the dynamo was driven from timing gears.

The crankshaft is splash-lubricated. Originally it comprised of just main two bearings changing to three in later years.

The legendary Lotus founder, Colin Chapman, started his racing career in the simple Seven.

The ‘exacting’ standard of the rebuild on this Seven is pretty obvious. But if you take a look for example at the work on the kingpin renovation, you’ll see what the vendor means.

Additional information supplied by the vendor

“Manufactured 1927 Austin Seven Top Hat 

Early mag engined car. Restored to exacting standard. It is in the rare colour of Bournville & Horlicks. It has had a full nut bolt rebuild and kept in excellent order in my ownership of 4 years plus.

It has the alloy body, correct engine, correct gearbox and axle. It drives and stops as it should. 

It has had full interior retrim, with no expense spared.

The original log books and mots from 1960s are with the car. It has 4 former keepers. There are  invoices for parts, tyres, new lighting, brakes, etc. It is an excellent, serviced, beautiful car, which is a pleasure to own. “

What the Press said.

This is what Autocar Magazine said, back in 1972 when it tested one for a feature.

“General performance is good, being lively in ordinary road work. The suspension was good, a little pitching experienced and fairly heavy brake pedal pressure produced sufficient braking in an emergency”.

Their verdict?  “The Seven continues to give good, reliable service to thousands of motorists”.

Bottom Line

Reports from the club scene all agree prices has been appreciating over the past few years. The rare Top Hat Sevens have continued to outpace other Sevens.

Prices not gone bonkers like Fast Fords, therefore, Sevens are still very much an affordable prospect.

Seven owners do tend to love their cars. For that reason they seem to hang on to them for a long time and cars often change hands within the clubs rather than on the open market. We suspect with very few owners on a near 100 year old car, this one has been no different.

It is great to see one come to market and we’re delighted to host it on our platform.

A magnificent Seven? We think so, and in the rare Top Hat form.. even better!  Good luck.

Vehicle Location: Chester CH64 – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
e**************1 £4,000.00 2022-09-05 11:00:40
t***n £3,500.00 2022-09-02 17:33:25
t*******8 £3,000.00 2022-09-02 14:55:48
t***n £2,500.00 2022-09-01 08:44:04
Start auction £2,500.00 23/08/2022 11:00 PM


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