The Austin Eight H.P.

Introduced in 1939, the Austin 8 was the first of the range of Dick Burzi-designed Austins that took Austin from the last of the pre-WWII year almost to the end of the 1940s.

Using a part-welded monocoque-style chassis at the rear, and having a 900cc side-valve engine, derived from the ‘Big Seven’ the Eight came in two and four-door versions, as a Tourer, and also as a Van.

It was the last Austin to use six-volt electrics – production ended in 1948, (though most previous references refer to 1947 – 1948 is correct).