Austin 1933

Light Twelve-Four  
Light Twelve-Six  
Sixteen - discontinued
Sixteen - new model
Eighteen - new model

Great Britain



65 Sports       - new model


A four-speed gearbox was introduced in 1932 and in 1933 synchromesh was added to third and top ratios.

Seven Saloon and Ten-Four Tourer – October advert.
The new Austin Sports Seven

The new "Sports Seven" recently announced by the Austin Company, is a car which shows a good example of low level compactness. In fact, the seats are only 14in. above the ground when the normal complement of two persons is being carried. This low centre of gravity is obtained by a special front axle with a transverse semi-elliptic spring of reversed camber, and flat rear quarter-elliptic springs.
The engine is of similar capacity and general design, with detachable head and side valves, to the standard model, except that a downdraught carburettor, special manifolding, as well as special valve gear and a high compression cylinder head ensure a 23-b.h.p. output at 4,800 r.p.m. Naturally the four gear ratios have been modified to suit the engine performance, the top gear of 5.6 to one being slightly lower than standard, with the other ratios of 8.6, 13.7, and 19.6 to one somewhat higher. Other special features include a spring-arm steering wheel, single panel sports screen, and a wire-mesh radiator guard.
The battery is accessible under the long bonnet, and the shapely tail of the car houses the spare wheel, jack, and wheelbrace, leaving room to take luggage behind the seats. The two wide doors allow the seats to be easily reached, and there is a hood. Priced at £148 complete, this new sports car should certainly appeal to many motorists who want that combination so difficult to obtain - speed and economy.
The Austin Seven still continues to add to the number of successes scored by British cars in international events. In the Intonational Kesselberg Hill Climb in Bavaria, held on June 18, the Austin Seven, driven by R. Kohlrausch, secured first prize in the racing-car class up to 800 c.c., improving the old category record by four seconds. In the same event W. Baumer, also driving an Austin Seven, won second prize. The course is a very difficult one owing to many corners, and the event is looked upon as the most important South German hill climb.

June '33


wb: 93 in.
(2362 mm)
4 cyl.
1125 cc
20 bhp
9.9 HP
4 cyl.
1125 cc
30 bhp
9.9 HP
Saloon de luxe   -  
Saloon fixed head   -  
Four-Seater   -  
Two-Seater   -  
Cabriolet   - - new model in March
Tourer - Sports - new model in August


Austin Ten-Four is powered by a 21-bhp 1125-cc (63.5 x 86 mm) side-valve Four engine, rated at 9.9 HP. Available with four body styles, priced from £148 to £168. In March 1933 the Cabriolet version was added at just £168. In August the sports car version came out using a smaller version of the l2-16 Sports tourer body at a cost of £215, but only four were made that year.




  wb: 106 in.
(2692 mm)
4 cyl.
1535 cc
24 bhp
11.9 HP
6 cyl.
1496 cc
24 bhp
13.9 HP
6 cyl.
1711 cc
Harley Saloon Six-Light 12-4 12-6 12.6
Open Road Tourer 12-4    


Light Twelve-Six is similar to the Twelve-Four. Both have 8 ft 10 in wheelbase and 4.75-19 tyres but engine capacity is 1496-cc (61.25 x 84.63 mm) for the Six and 1535-cc (69.3 x 101.6 mm) for the Four. Power output is the same, namely 24 bhp at 2400 rpm, but HP rating is 13.9 and 11.9 HP respectively. Saloon De Luxe prices are £218 and £198 respectively.

Light 12-6

12-6 Greyhound Saloon Model'34

Spare Wheel Container; Flush Fitting Sliding Roof; Sloping Floor; Enclosed Clutch Pit; Low Cross-braced Frame; Synchro-mesh Gearbox; Reverse-camber Rear Springs.
Fast Tourer Based On The Twelve Six

The Austin Company is again entering the sports car market with a fast touring model evolved from the popular Twelve-Six chassis.
The new model, which is to sell at £268, has low lines. The front bucket seats are separately adjustable: the back seat has a centre and side arm rest: the upholstery is in leather throughout; and four doors give access to front and rear seats. The engine is basically the same six-cylinder unit used in the standard Twelve-Six models, but the induction and exhaust manifolding has been redesigned and a downdraught carburettor is incorporated. A high compression ratio of 7 to I is employed and the valve lift is increased by a special camshaft. The brake horse-power developed is stated to be 40, and to enable full advantage to be taken of the engine output a close ratio gearbox is employed, the ratios being 18.26, 11.7, 7.58, and 5,5 to one.
Apart from this the gearbox embodies the usual features including twin-top gears, to be found on the standard car. To ensure a high degree of stability a special frame is used which combines low body mounting position with good rigidity, the deep side-members being dropped to the centre and three of the cross-members passing the beneath the propeller shaft, one having a generous and stiff "U" section. The passenger load is thus carried four inches lower than in the standard model. Other special features of interest include a large diameter propeller shaft, hydraulic shock absorbers at the front and frictional ones at the rear, and the accessible location for the batteries and tools under the bonnet. There is a hood with side curtains, while the tonneau cover can be used to make the car an open two-seater if extra if extra passengers are not to be carried. The windscreen will open fully. The wings are deep-domed, and the bonnet louvres are separately adjustable. A new radiator is fitted that improves engine cooling.

May '33


  wb: 6 cyl.
3400 cc
57 bhp
23.4 HP
Whitehall 120 in. (3048 mm)    
Ranelagh 127 in. (3226 mm)    


Austin 20 Limousine
Twenty have 11 ft 4 in wheelbase chassis with side-valve Six engine of 3400-cc (79.5 x 114.5 mm) capacity, rated at 23.4 HP. The chassis costs £350 and could be supplied with Limousine or Landaulette bodywork in a price range from £498 up to £575.







  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
11.03.1933 Brooklands Senior Mountain Handicap - - -   Marquis de Belleroche 749 c.c. 2nd
France 17.06.1933 24h Le Mans 1 1 0 42 Metchim / Masters Seven (745 cc) fail.

Austin Seven (Charles Metchim / Cecil H. Masters) at 24h Le Mans.
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
21-25.01.1933 Rallye Monte Carlo 2 2 2 125 Bergan / Cederwall   21st
          49 Hobson   55th