American Austin Roadsters
(last modified August 22, 1999)
The original American Austin designs of 1930/31 were penned
by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky who was
then working for Hayes. (He also very cleverly did the "Deco"
update for the Bantam, reportedly for a mere $300). Perhaps the
most distinctive feature of the car, besides the size
of course, was the "LeBarron Sweep", or scallop on the
side. This is very often painted a contrasting color in Austins...and
in some Bantams, and a lot of Bantam restorations, but the factory
discouraged it in the Bantam as it was really not particularly
"Deco", and, it drew attention to the fact that the
body tub was really the same as the earlier Austins.Tsk tsk. Just
like us Americans to downgrade resourcefulness!
Here is Elmer Chancellor's
very fine little '31 Roadster (In Kentucky) Elmer is a very knowledgeable
guy in the techincal aspects of these cars especially. Forward
looking too. Unlike a lot of us more comfortable with a spanner
than a keyboard, Elmer's an active internet user as well as mechanic.
You can see his beautiful Hollywood in the Bantams snapshots
extemely crisp Austin Roadster (photo Jerry King)
...and another very tastfully restored Austin Roadster.
x- Norm Booth '31 Austin Roadster with a pleased onlooker.
Roadster with the top up
the hood up
and, a view from behind
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