Thursday, 20 August 2015

Austin Swallow

The Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally (now apparently known as the Trans Lancs Transport Show) always includes a class for cars, and this is one of the entrants pictured at Heaton Park, Manchester in 1995.
It's a 1930 Austin Swallow Saloon, about which the programme of the event says:

Austin Swallow Saloon, 1930                                                                            MW 7073
Entered by N. Sutherland, Heywood
Bought in 1976 in many parts. Re-built over the years and only this winter had a full body re-build and re-spray.

The car is an Austin Seven with a body by William Lyons' Swallow Sidecar Company and the car proved to be so successful that the company was moved from Blackpool to Coventry. The company eventually began producing the SS car, and after the war in 1945 the by then unacceptable name of 'SS' was changed to 'Jaguar'.

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