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A7 Anecdotes; A7 Companion; A7 Grasshopper; A7 Motor Sport Book; A7 & Ten Road Test;  An Austin Anthology; Alexa book; Austin Tractors; Grey Mag Binders; Immortal A7;  Miss Daisy's Diary; Original A7;  Proved By Time Booklet;  Seven Years with Samantha; The A7;  The A7 Manual; The Complete Guide to the A7;   Vince Leek's Austins Over The Andes;  Wartime Jeeps; Willow & Monty Zenith carburetter, Identifying A7s


An automobile engineering graduate, Roger worked in Canada before building a career in England. He was
Manager of The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu for 16 years and then spent a further 8 years
managing Fiennes Restoration, the top pre-war Rolls-Royce & Bentley specialists. In addition he has worked for Firestone, Volkswagen, Audi,
Peugeot, Thatcham, Hertz and NG kit cars. His story is told through his experiences of working in the motor industry, the people he has met and literally hundreds of vehicles. Notably, Roger tracked down the 1932 Austin Seven he sold in 1969 and repurchased in 2002. The book can be ordered via the author’s website at which also shows full details of the book.  £14.99 + £4.25 P&P £19.24


Austin 7 around the Americas
By Guy Butcher & Eunice Kratky

The amazing story of the design, rebuild and driving of a 1936/28 Austin 7 from Baltimore to Alaska to Punta Arenas in 2012/13.

In order to request a copy, please visit Within the UK the inclusive charge including P&P is £25.
All proceeds from the book sales are being donated to the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust



Jim Stringer has a new book out in March, currently available on a preorder “An Austin Anthology” “An entertaining collection of true stories that feature just a few of the products manufactured by the Austin Motor Company from 1906 until the outbreak of the Second World War, including the people who helped to make them, those who drove them, and even those who flew them…..”
More information on RRP £14.99 Inc P&P

NEW ~ An Austin Anthology 2
By James 'Jim' Stringer
Hardback • 21x14.8cm • 112 pages
108 colour and b&w pictures
£ 14.99 POST FREE
Features a fascinating collection of tales documenting the early days of the Austin empire. Click here for Amazon link. (£15.99)

A Comprehensive History of the Austin Seven Grasshopper

Following on from the success of the first edition, the authors continued to research the cars as well as being contacted by many readers who contributed much new information. In the light of this extra material it was decided to review the book, which has resulted in this expanded new edition. In doing so the opportunity has also been taken to update significantly, where available, the post-war history of the remaining cars up to the present day.
Following comments from many people, the book has now been published in hardback and will be a welcome new addition to the library shelves of those interested in sporting Sevens.
Available now at £26, post paid, from: Graham Beckett,

77 All Saints' Lane, Nettleham, Lincoln. LN2 2NJ;


Please make cheques payable to: Pre War Austin Seven Club Limited.


Pub: Practical Classics, A4 full colour, £6.99 or £20 for a signed and numbered collectors' edition incl. an A2 double-sided diagram of the car. Mail order:

Original Austin Seven: The Restorer's Guide to All Passenger Car and Sports Models 1922-39 (Original Series)

Hardcover 2008 by Rinsey Mills .

£27.50 from Amazon

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"Willow and Monty go to a Wedding”

by Tanya Fraser Dunford and illustrated by Scott Paterson.

A beautifully illustrated children's storybook about a little girl and her special friend - a 1928 Austin Seven Chummy. £10, £3 UK p&p. Email to order

The Wall of Death
by Ann Wright

The Todd and Soutter shows toured all over Britain and Europe, as well as Abyssinia and Persia, and were seen by British and foreign royalty, Hitler and Mussolini, and thousands of the general public.
£19.95 from Amazon (click here)

Austin Tractors

by Nick Baldwin

£13.49 from Amberley Publishing 01453 847800.

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Austin Seven Lubrication simply explained : booklet
£3.00 plus £1.00 p&p from BA7C Membership Secretary, June Price.  Tel: 01225 426621; email:



This is an exact colour reproduction of a rare 1930 revised edition of the Zenith carburettor guide now in the possession of a member of the Bristol Austin Seven Club.  The comprehensive 20-page booklet details, with cut-away drawings, the correct set-up and trouble-shooting procedures including "Common running troubles and their remedies". A must for 22FZ & FZB equipped Sevens and a wonderful addition to any historic motoring library.
£5 per copy, plus £1 p&p, available from BA7C Membership Secretary, June Price.  Tel: 01225 426621; email:

by Doug Woodrow
£47.99 plus £6.50 p&p.
Tel: 01945-430058

Immortal Austin Seven (Hardcover)

The Austin Seven (Shire Library)

Paperback £4.92 through Amazon.

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Austin 7 Companion

(750 Motor Club)

£23 from the 750MC

Direct link:,austin-seven-companion-book_50.htm

AUSTIN CARS 1948 TO 1990.


By David Rowe Paperback 21 x 14.8cm •112 pages

£12.99 POST FREE

A full-colour comprehensive guide to Austin cars built from 1948 until the end of production in the 1990s.

Includes a history of each model • Model by model comparisons • Detailed technical information • Colour schemes listed • Standard and optional equipment details • Dashboard instrument layout diagrams • Production
numbers and dates • Original prices • Special editions included • Full colour photographs Cheques made payable to:
Austin Seven Owners’ Club (London)
Peter Hill, 4 Bumbles Close, City Way, Rochester,
Kent, ME1 2TY

In 1968 Brian Milton fell in love with a girl called Fiona Campbell, who lived in South Africa. She agreed to marry him and he resolved to drive a1937 Austin 7 Ruby called Alexa across Europe, the Sahara Desert and the tropical Congo to claim his bride.
The car didn’t make it, but a great many adventures occurred. Brian crashed Alexa in the Sahara after suffering ptomaine poisoning from a tin of sardines. He spent three days hammering the car back into shape, but was abandoned by his escort on the most difficult part of the journey after Tamanrasset – they wearied of pushing him out of sand-drifts. Brian was robbed of various pieces of equipment by desert Arabs, and ran out of water twice en route. He negotiated with other Arabs over a desert well, agreeing to pay two cigarettes and two aspirin for five gallons of water. The last desert scare was genuine fears over a broken half-shaft. Brian ran out of money in Nigeria, then in the middle of a civil war, but was adopted by three Swiss travellers on promises that any debts he ran up he would pay with money from articles written for the Irish Independent for which his father had once worked. Brian sent his dispatches to Dublin by collaring travellers to Europe and asking for them to be posted through civilised postal systems. They all got through to the newspaper.
Driving into Chad in central Africa, a piston ring broke and Brian was forced to continue for the next 2,000 miles with just 3 working pistons, no plug at all in the 4th piston. Not long afterwards the three Swiss burned one of their two Citroen ID-19s, and one went down with jaundice and had to be air-lifted home.

ALEXA – The Life and Death of an Austin 7 Ruby is published by Burning Daylight Books and available online at  or from R.B.Milton at 2 Cyprus Street, London E2 0NN

The story of the journey made by six Austin Seven cars crossing the Andes in 2005.    Author - Vince Leek; Foreword by John Coleman
– a must for every Austin Seven enthusiasts’ bookshelf
238 pages of text and 72 pages of colour pictures.
 by post (UK) direct from Vince Leek.
 Holm Oak, Upton Scudamore, Warminster, Wiltshire. BA12 0AQ

The British Library Data No. is ISBN 978-1-872410-72-1
The Motor Sport Book of the Austin Seven

by Bill Boddy (originally publ. 1972)

The Pre-War Austin Seven Club (PWA7C) has secured the rights to publish this important work.  Apart from from a few additional photographs, this reprint is exactly as per the original.   Contact Chris Garner on 01664-822476

7 Booklets “Proved by Time”

Roger Harvey has had printed a limited number of these wonderfully evocative booklets (Publication 657A) featuring A7 models from the early 30s.   Ring Roger on 01590-683940 to order your copy and he will deliver to DA7C club night. 

Yes, that's me and these diaries are mine. I'm Miss Daisy by the way, born in Birmingham on the 15th March 1934 and now living in retirement in a quiet corner of Pembrokeshire - Well I wish it was retirement; because my companion, who I call Her Ladyship, is an unpredictable woman of some 66 years. In fact not just unpredictable, she's volatile and impulsive. In truth she's a pain in the proverbial whatsit. We share our home with Sir Herbert Orsten. I call him The Grey One and he goes on and on about how he went round the world back in the 1970s. I ask you... That silly old fool? Round The World? Good Heavens, he can't even navigate himself down the drive... Round the World indeed!

"Miss Daisy's Diaries" was published at the beginning of July and is now on sale at all good bookshops and available via the usual internet book sites in both print and E editions. Over the next few months, Her Ladyship is taking me around South Wales and the West of England for book signings. If you go to the News Page you will find details of where I will be for book signings and any TV / Radio / Event appearances I will be making.  "Miss Daisy's Diaries" Published by Matador Books  Special Offer only from the Website - Author Signed copies available.  Go to  Email Her Ladyship for more information


Austin 7 Anecdotes


Over 200 A7 anecdotes and other items of intrigue, humour, amazement and variety—a few are even shocking! 

A5 publication of 64 pages with numerous illustrations.


Only a limited number – so ensure you have yours before stocks run out.

Signed copies + £2 (optional but all good for the charities).

Proceeds to Cancer Research & Water For All.

Available from: Jen Dunford, 280 Church Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 2BH.

Cheque payable to J Dunford, please.

Advisable to: enclose your address and email or phone number in case stocks are depleted.


Clive Ball drove Samantha, a 1929 Austin 7, round the world between 1965 and 1972, meeting and marrying his wife Sheila in Perth, Australia on the way.  Samantha covered 48,000 miles over some terrible roads, visited 38 countries and crossed the mighty Andes in South America four times, once at nearly 16,000 feet. Clive's keen sense of humour pervades this captivating account of one of the longest journeys ever undertaken in such an old car.  Since this book was originally published, it has become a sought-after classic in vintage car and travel circles alike. 

"I commend this story of a round-the-world trip in a Vintage baby car."  The Observer

"A difficult book to lay aside."  Motor Sport

"A thoroughly good read."  Sunday Times  

"Extremely well written and difficult to put down."  750 Motor Club  

A Spanner in the Works
The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia’s first all-women garage.
Available from Amazon at £26.  Click here for link.

“Wartime Jeeps”

by Graham Scott.  Includes Bantam.  Special offer, signed, post-free from Herridge & Sons Ltd., Tel:01409-281990, e-mail  Website:        


Posh, hardcover binders are now available for all those Austin Seven Clubs’ Association magazines kicking about the house.  Each binder will accommodate 3 years’ worth of magazines and can be ordered directly from Iaqn Mason-Smith (01425– 402036) for delivery at club night or by post by arrangement.

by Lindsay Porter
Traditional skills to latest techniques. Panel beating and lead loading to plasma cutting and modern spray paints. All in Step-by-Step detail. EVERY JOB YOU COULD NEED! • Mig and Gas Welding and Brazing • Plasma and Gas Cutting • Stripping and Preparing for Paint • Masking and Spraying Techniques • Panel Beating • Rust Treatment and Proofing • Galvanising Explained • Windscreens, Window Winders and Door Locks • Mixing and Applying Body Fillers • Repairing Glassfibre Bodywork • Polishing and Cleaning.
This extensively revised and updated book was first published as Car Bodywork Repair Manual by Haynes Publishing.  Available from Amazon here. £17.95

A7 Factory Initials Booklet

Identifying AUSTIN SEVENS by Their Factory Initials

New Edition

In response to many enquiries, I am please to announce that the third edition of my booklet ’ Identifying AUSTIN SEVEN’s by Their Factory Initials’ is now available for immediate despatch.
This is a limited edition of just 500 copies, is updated with new information and is written with Phil Baildon and Dave Martin as invaluable consultants. If you would like a copy for yourself, please send an A5 stamped self-addressed envelope and a £5 cheque made payable to ’Graham Baldock’ to 1 Clifton Mews, Central Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6FA