It is easy for people who don’t know them to be unaware of what good cars Austin made - if ever an example of their quality was required then you need look no further than this splendid Austin 12 Clifton tourer!
To give you a brief history I can tell you that it comes with its original log book showing it was first registered on 10th June 1926 to a Mrs Lillie Rudland Potter of Putney and we also have the names of every subsequent owner.
We have a complete (bar one year) set of MoT certificates dating from 1991 to 2011 which show that it covered 2,299 miles in that time and it has not done that many miles since! We also have a collection of 22 tax discs covering most of the years from 1991 to 2014.
Austin enthusiasts will appreciate the significance of one of its owners being renowned Austin expert Tony Smallbone who bought it in 1983. During his 8 years of ownership the car was extensively restored as he describes in a letter in the file.
As a result of his work and continued careful maintenance by subsequent owners I think it is fair to describe the car as being in really very good condition structurally, mechanically and cosmetically. The hood, sidescreens and tonneau cover look almost new and the seats and trim retain what looks like their original leather with the sort of lovely patina you would expect after nearly 100 years of use.
The car drives very well indeed and could easily be used on a regular basis as well as being ideal for touring rallies and car shows. The only way to fully appreciate it is to see it and drive it but be warned that if you do you will probably want to buy it!