The Austin 7 is an economy car produced from 1922 to 1939 by Austin in Longbridge, Birmingham, UK. Nicknamed “Baby Austin” it was one of the most popular cars produced for the British market and sold well abroad. Partly thanks to higher tax on larger engines its effect on the British market was like that of the Model T Ford in the US, replacing most other British economy cars of the early 1920s. It was licensed and copied around the world. The first BMW, the Dixi, was a licensed 7, as were American Austins. In France they were Rosengarts. In Japan Nissan built and sold Austins. Soon after their introduction, modified versions were racing with some success, prompting the factory to develop a less radical competition car for general sale. The first of these special 7’s was completed in 1927 and one of them won the Australian 100-Mile Grand Prix. Only a handful of the resulting ‘production’ model – the Super Sports – was completed but the exercise led to one of the most delightful small sports cars of the 1930s – the Seven Ulster – 168 of which were built between 1930 and 1932. Like the Super Sports, the Ulster used a tuned and strengthened engine equipped with gear-driven Cozette ‘blower’ (in which case it also came with magneto ignition and pumped cooling) but unlike its predecessor could also be ordered in cheaper, normally aspirated form. The chassis was 3″ lower than standard and featured improved front suspension while the door-less coachwork, with its sleek lines and pointed tail, was even more handsome than that of the Super Sports.