This 1934 Austin 10, always known as Percy, was acquired in 1934 by Frederick William Pace very soon after it was first registered, apparently because his wife like its ALL7 registration number and it was owned by him until his death in 1992. After his passing the car was looked after by Alan Simpson of Bexley in Kent who oversaw its transfer as an inheritance gift to Fred Pace’s nephew Gerald Waldock who lived in Vancouver - I understand that it was stored there and trailered to shows but rarely driven. The file includes a Canadian magazine article which tells that its ALL7 UK registration was sold to fund the cost of a buying a trailer and shipping the Austin to Canada. It now carries its last UK number PSK896.
The car was bought in 2008 by its previous USA based owner who was effectively its third keeper in 86 years. During his ownership he regularly used Percy, carrying out maintenance work as required which included rebuilding the braking system, renewing the king pins, replacing hoses and very recently fitting a new clutch which has the Austin 10 Owners Club’s heavy springs plus the wheels have been shot blasted and stove enamelled.
The car was purchased through me by its present owner (who is a long standing Austin enthusiast) in August 2020 so his ownership may appear to be rather brief. However he was recently given the opportunity to acquire a Lagonda Rapier restoration project and, as that is another make of car with which he has a long standing affinity, he decided he had to take it on and there simply isn’t enough room in the garage for Percy and a dismantled Rapier!
However during his relatively short involvement with the Austin he has lavished attention on it which included the following:
Fitting four new tyres.
Having the front seat squabs reupholstered with new leather, springs and proper wadding (NEW PICTURE DUE TOMORROW!)
Having a full service carried out by a local garage in May.
Fitting a new speedo (it is from an early 10/4 but rebuilt – the original comes with the car).
Fitting a battery master switch.
Fitting an additional LED brake light (the originals are a bit dim, but still work)
Fitting a new head gasket.
The carpets are good, the original trim is unsurprisingly a bit worn but serviceable and a good upholsterer should be able to restore it if you feel it is necessary. It also has new side screens, a good hood and tonneau cover plus the instruments all work (including the clock!).
The car comes with a good selection of spares and other items including:
A fully rebuilt “short” engine which is the car’s original engine.
The crown wheel and pinion.
A spare radiator, plus clutch plates and other sundry parts which have come off the car over the years.
The original tool kit in its wallets and several other tools.
A box containing all the old trophies, plaques and other records from all the events its original and subsequent owners went to and books containing all the rally plaques
Austin Ten Drivers Club technical notes.
In summary this is a delightful car with a very good history which carries its age with great charm - the engine pulls nicely, the gearbox is quiet as is the transmission and it drives very well with no unpleasant noises, rattles or smoke. It is a remarkably original, sound and very presentable car which represents very good value indeed and is a lovely old Austin which you could cheerfully use and enjoy every day!