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The Austin Motor Company was a British manufacturer of automobiles that rose to be a major motorcar brand, the dominant partner after merger with Morris in 1952 but declining after absorption into the British Leyland Motor Corporation, and its subsequent troubles.

History

1905 - 1918: Formation and development

Herbert Austin (1866–1941), later Sir Herbert, the former manager of the Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company founded The Austin Motor Company in 1905, at Longbridge, which was then in Worcestershire (Longbridge became part of Birmingham in 1911 when its boundaries were expanded). The first car was a conventional 5 litre four cylinder model with chain drive with about 200 being made in the first five years. In World War I Austin grew enormously with government contracts for everything from artillery to aircraft and the workforce expanded from around 2,500 to 22,000.

1919 - 1939: Interwar success

After the war Herbert Austin decided on a one model policy based around the 3620 cc 20 hp engine and versions included cars, commercials and even a tractor but sales volumes were never enough to fill the vast factory built during war time and the company went into receivership in 1921 but rose again after financial restructuring. To expand the market smaller cars were introduced with the 1661 cc Twelve in 1922 and later the same year the Austin 7, an inexpensive, small and simple car and one of the earliest to be directed at a mass market. At one point it was built under licence by the fledgling BMW of Germany (as the Dixi); Japanese Datsun; as Bantam in the United States; and as the Rosengart in France.

A largely independent U.S. subsidiary operated under the name American Austin Car Company from 1929 to 1934; it was revived under the name "American Bantam" from 1937 to 1941.

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4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.7L SV M-4
12.7 kW / 17.0 hp / 17.0 hp        
   

Austin 7 (1933)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 747 cm3 / 45.6 cu in / 45.6 cu in, 12.7 kW / 17.0 hp / 17.0 hp @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
I1 2v 1.1L SV    
              
   

Austin 7 (1909)

2-door 2-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 1-cylinder 2-valve single cylinder engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1100 cm3 / 67.1 cu in / 67.1 cu in, rear wheel drive

2-door
  
S4 8v 0.7L SV    
7.8 kW / 10.5 hp / 10.5 hp        
   

Austin 7 (1922)

2-door, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 749 cm3 / 45.7 cu in / 45.7 cu in, 7.8 kW / 10.5 hp / 10.5 hp @ 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm, rear wheel drive, 84 km/h / 52 mph / 52 mph top speed

  
  
S4 8v 0.7L SV    
8.9 kW / 11.9 hp / 11.9 hp        
   

Austin 7 (1933)

petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 747 cm3 / 45.6 cu in / 45.6 cu in, 8.9 kW / 11.9 hp / 11.9 hp, rear wheel drive, 80 km/h / 50 mph / 50 mph top speed

  
  
S4 8v 0.8L         
24.0 kW / 32.2 hp / 32.2 hp        
   

Austin 7 (1959)

petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 847 cm3 / 51.7 cu in / 51.7 cu in, 24.0 kW / 32.2 hp / 32.2 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L         
25.0 kW / 33.5 hp / 33.5 hp  60.0 N·m / 44.3 lb·ft / 44.3 lb·ft
   

Austin 7 (1960)

2-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 848 cm3 / 51.7 cu in / 51.7 cu in, 25.0 kW / 33.5 hp / 33.5 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 60.0 N·m / 44.3 lb·ft / 44.3 lb·ft

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L         
24.0 kW / 32.2 hp / 32.2 hp  60.0 N·m / 44.3 lb·ft / 44.3 lb·ft
   

Austin 7 (1961)

4-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, 848 cm3 / 51.7 cu in / 51.7 cu in, 24.0 kW / 32.2 hp / 32.2 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 60.0 N·m / 44.3 lb·ft / 44.3 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm

2-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.7L SV M-3
7.8 kW / 10.5 hp / 10.5 hp        
   

Austin 7 Gordon England (1928)

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 749 cm3 / 45.7 cu in / 45.7 cu in, 7.8 kW / 10.5 hp / 10.5 hp @ 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm / 2600 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 76 km/h / 47 mph / 47 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.9L SV M-4
18.6 kW / 24.9 hp / 24.9 hp        
   

Austin Big 7 (1937)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 900 cm3 / 54.9 cu in / 54.9 cu in, 18.6 kW / 24.9 hp / 24.9 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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Auto Insurance

Defined as: The contract by which the insurer assumes the risk of any loss the owner or operator of a car may incur through damage to property or persons as the result of an accident. There are many specific forms of automobile insurance, varying not only in the kinds of risk that they cover but also in the legal principles underlying them.

In “plain” English, this means coverage that is carried by someone who is driving a motor vehicle that is involved in an accident that causes property damage or personal injury to someone.

Currently, New Hampshire and Wisconsin do not have “compulsory auto insurance liability laws”. Simply put, this means that these states do not require licensed drivers (and there should not be any other kind of driver) to have some type of auto insurance policy that provides at least minimum coverage. The remaining 48 states do have such insurance laws in effect.

You should check with the state you live in if you have questions concerning whether or not you are required to have auto insurance, and also to determine if you are required to have a certain amount of coverage. If you are required to have a certain amount, you will then need to check to see if there is a minimum amount and maximum amount.

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