The original Austin 7, first introduced in 1922 was classed as an economy car produced in Great Britain by Austin. Because of its diminutive size, it was nicknamed the Baby Austin and went on in production right up until 1939, with various specification upgrades and modifications along the way. The Austin 7 Ruby was introduced in 1936 when its restyling included a longer bonnet, cowled radiator, slightly downswept tail and the spare wheel enclosed by a metal cover, which also concealed a folding luggage rack.
All these refinements have been incorporated into Oxford's brand new 1:43 scale model, which are instantly recognisable if you compare it with our standard Austin 7 already in the range. Here you see the Ruby registered EAE 540 decorated in a rich maroon with black masking to roof and mudguards. The interior leather seats are finished in tan, as are the dashboard and interior door panels. The curved radiator is plated in silver on black and a fine detail includes the tan suitcase perched on the rear luggage rack behind the spare wheel. Their two-door model is rounded off with spoked wheels and lots of silver trim, including door handles, semaphore indicators and bumpers.
It will look great in your mid-wars line-up of great British motors, bearing in mind nearly 300,000 Austin 7s were built before they ceased production in 1939.