Following on from Jim Stringer’s first book, An Austin Anthology, this
second volume unearths some more delightful vintage Austin stories, with
original period photos, making this read a great pleasure for all Austin
enthusiasts. Following on from Jim Stringer’s first book An Austin
Anthology, this second volume features 20 more stories relating to the
Austin Motor Company, its products and the people who purchased them.
The author takes a look at the very first Austin to be built, and
discovers why it was able to be offered to the public so quickly after
the Company’s formation only a few month’s earlier. He also uncovers how
the single-cylinder Austin Seven, whilst designed at Longbridge, was
actually built at the Swift Motor Car factory in Coventry, and offered
as a Swift or an Austin. In 1908 Herbert Austin produced four 100hp
racing cars to compete at the French Grand Prix in Dieppe. But what
happened to them afterwards? And is the only survivor, now on display at
the British Heritage Museum, Gaydon as genuine as it would appear? And
then there is the story of Daisy Fearon, whose only means of transport
was a 1928 Austin which she’d owned since 1931. As Daisy aged, her
driving became less and less predictable, causing those who knew her to
run for cover when she was seen at the wheel. An amusing and nostalgic
collection of stories, illustrated with original period photographs, An
Austin Anthology II is bound to entertain and delight all Austin
enthusiasts. Celebrates one of the most successful British car
manufacturers with an assortment of amusing and interesting stories.
Many previously untold stories are featured in this second Anthology.
Contains many rare and previously unpublished photographs, along with
many unpublished stories.