We are very pleased to offer this beutiful work of art in the form of an Austin 7 Special
Built by Oliver Way for Amanda Fane Salis in 2008 and competitavely raced by Amanda Since. The cost of the build was in excess of 40k in 2008 that could have bought you a S1 E-type roadster
The quality and level of engineering on this machine speaks for its self and if you google Austin 7 Salamanda you will see it is a well known car with many articles written about it.
The Salamanda Special is based on a 1924 Austin 7 chassis and weighs only 350kg. Unsupercharged but twin carbs, the car is very competative in the right hands.
The bodywork is plywood and built using a laminating technique pioneered in the 1st war on aircraft a wide leather strip running down from the filler cap prevents fuel spills from staining the woodwork or affecting the varnish. Inside, the aluminium bracing hints at airship construction.
The headlamps are authentic Marchal items and contribute to the Salamanda Special's frontal expression. I particularly liked the wire bracing for the mudgaurds, just like a string bag biplane.
Another wonderful feature was the fly screen, made not of modern perspex but out of mesh. The cockpit is so snug, to get in and out, you have to remove the steering wheel. The shut lines and hinges on the bonnet tell their own tale.
The engine size is 747cc and gearbox are as high spec as one can make an A7 with new performance crank, pistons, rods, cam, cylinder head etc. The gearbox is 3 speed closer ratio than standard and the rear axle a lower ratio for sprints and hill climbs. It has been used at Prescott, Wiscombe Park, Mallory, Goodwood and Donnington in a relay race amongst other venues.
Not to be missed and an incredibly unique car in every sense.
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Ripon, HG4 1JD, North Yorkshire
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