Austin Heavy 12 Hertford Tourer
 
Austin Heavy 12 Hertford Tourer
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Austin Heavy 12 Hertford Tourer
Year 1924
Registration plate Aus, UK and Jsy
Chassis Number C9717
Engine Number 9687
Engine Capacity 1661 cc
Transmissions Four speed manual
Mileage TBA
Body style Two / Four Seat Tourer
Interior color Burgundy Leather
Exterior color Cream
Seating capacity Four
Wheels and Tyres 12 SPoke Artillery
Asking Price £19,950
The Austin Heavy 12 we have for sale, is a rare example of the Hertford 2/4 seater with dickey. Pre 2000, it was the only car in running and restored condition known to survive across the British, Australian and NZ registers, since 2000, one or two may have subsequently emerged for restoration. This Austin 12 Hertford was originally purchased by Miss Katherine Quayle personally from Austin in Birmingham, it was then shipped complete to Australia, and then transported by rail to Grafton, to be collected and driven to the village of Maclean, a distance of some 30 thirty miles, this being the longest journey covered by Miss Quayle in the car during her lifetime. For the next 35 years the car was driven into Maclean twice a month from Miss Quayle’s farm, a round trip of some four miles. On her death in 1959, the Austin had only covered some 6320 miles. It was saved from dereliction in 1967 by Mike Gallaher, who gently restored the car over the next twenty years, having it ready for the 1988 Australian Bi-Centeniall Rally, during which he passed through the town of Maclean, meeting the town’s Historical Society who were able to provide him with the history of the car and Miss ‘Katie’ Quayle. Fully restored and fully documented, the Austin was purchased from the late Anthony Booth of Orchid Cars in late 1998 by a customer of ours in Jersey, who has recently passed away. During the near 20 years in his ownership, the Austin was used regularly in Island motoring events, and for longer runs in Europe, being regularly maintained and cared for.
 
 
 
Having the chassis up restoration completed in 1988, the Austin is still in extremely good overall condition, the engine runs very well, and starts on the button,the car retains all of it’s original nickel fittings, the burgundy leather interior is in the correct faux alligator skin pattern, the hood and side screens are all in very good condition, the car carries its original instrumentation ,fittings and C.A.V. lights. Oil pressure is constant, and the car when on test shows no signs of overheating. The four wheel brakes work effectively for a vintage car, and the gearbox is managed by a light touch of the hand. Please note that the current Jersey registration number does not go with the car and will be replaced with another.
 
When restored, the original coachwork was retained, and the original wooden frame was replaced by a new timbers made from Tasmanian Oak, treated in marine cuprinol. The original Austin factory coachwork is correct down to the level of the 1914 patented bonnet hinges, the nickel fittings, seat frames and windscreen. The car was correctly re-upholstered in faux alligator skin patterned burgundy hide, which now has a mellow appearance in keeping with the rest of the car. The hood and side screens are all in fine condition, and provide adequate protection from the English weather, equally the carpets were made in high quality wool, and remain with little wear.
 
 
 
The car was correctly re-upholstered in faux alligator skin patterned burgundy hide, which now has a mellow appearance in keeping with the rest of the car. The hood and sidesceens are all in fine condition, and provide adequate protection from the English weather, equally the carpets were made in high quality wool, and remain in very good condition
 
The car following restoration and subsequent use of the last twenty years, has been well maintained by the owner, with occasional help from specialist motor engineers when required.Today it runs extremely well , the Zenith carburettor and Autovac being original equipment. Oil pressure is constant as is the temperature recorded on the radiator gauge. Manuals, articles on the Austin 12, together with the history of the car in Australia accompany the Austin, as do reports of runs and events in Jersey which it has participated in over the last twenty years. A photographic album of the chassis up restoration in Australia is included with the documents.
 
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