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B1507 Automobile, full size, Australian Six, model No. H23, chassis No. 426, four-door tourer body, 6-cylinder, made by Australian Six Motors Ltd, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia, 1923, used by Leslie McAlpine, Windeyer, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1952. Click to enlarge.

1923 Australian Six model H23 tourer

This 1923 Australian Six car is one of only sixteen known survivors of the first serious attempt to develop an Australian automotive industry in the early decades of the twentieth century. On 29 November 1948, Prime Minister Ben Chifley launched Australia's first successfully mass produced car, the Holden, in Melbourne. However, between 1918 and 1925, Australian Motors Ltd had reputedly produced some 500 Australian Six automobiles in Sydney.

The entrepreneur behind the venture was Frederick …

Summary

Object No.

B1507

Object Statement

Automobile, full size, Australian Six, model No. H23, chassis No. 426, four-door tourer body, 6-cylinder, made by Australian Six Motors Ltd, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia, 1923, used by Leslie McAlpine, Windeyer, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1952

Physical Description

The Australian Six automobile features a four-door, factory-built open tourer body with two fold-down seats, a horizontally split windscreen and folding hood. The paintwork is tan with white lining, while the mudguards are brown. The interior features tan stretch vinyl upholstery. The steel-spoked, wood-rim steering wheel has an ignition advance-retard control mounted in the centre and a hand throttle for starting and slow running. In the centre of the dashboard are various instruments including a National oil pressure gauge, an ignition lock, headlight switch, drum-type speedometer and odometer by Stewart (M-7) including trip meter, a Westinghouse ammeter, choke and dash light. The float-type fuel gauge is incorporated in the tank. On the centre of the floor is a straight gear lever flanked by top button press handbrake. The step-on starter button is also on the floor, but the car can be crank started. The clutch is a multi-plate, dry disc type by Borg and Beck. The engine is a six-cylinder Rutenber with American Bosch magneto ignition. There are expanding and contracting hand and foot brakes acting on the inside and outside of the rear brake drums. Suspension is by semi-elliptical springs front and rear and there is a built-in tyre pump by Kellogg under the floor, driven off the gearbox.

The timberwork is sound, but the paintwork on the body is poor and starting to crack. The mudguards are in poor condition and the hood and hood mounts are incorrect. There is a suggestion that the instrument panel has been modified and the upholstery is not of the correct type. The door step plates and spare wheel carrier are missing, while the headlight rims are of round rather than the octagonal shape. The carpet is incomplete and mismatched. The right hand headlight is touching the radiator shell and the nickel-plating on the radiator shell is starting to deteriorate.

Specifications

Builder: Australian Six Motors Ltd, Parramatta Rd, Ashfield, NSW
Chassis No: 426
Model: (primarily) H23 No. 426 (the plate with this information is missing) (Windeyer car)
Model: (parts) B2054 (on the dashboard plate) (Toukley car)
Engine No: 10J (stamped between engine side plates)
Engine casting numbers: 912/9 (on head), 9518 (on left hand side upper cylinder block), 6812-8 (on side plates)
Engine: 6-cylinder Rutenber
Bore: 3 1/8th in (79.4 mm)
Stroke: 5 in (127 mm)
Capacity: 230 cu in (3 769 cu cm)
Head: 12/09/1919 (car No. 54)
Block: 5/09/1919 (car No. 54)
Front axle: solid beam type, 5018 258 E20 (May 1920?)
Rear axle: Columbia 49:11 ratio, 50014 118 J20 (Oct 1920?)
Gearbox: Grant Lees of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 3-speed, (casting No.4226E)
RAC rating: 25.3 hp (20.9 kW)
Weight: 30 cwt (1.52 tonnes)
Top speed: 40 mph (64 km/h)
Carburetors: Stromberg? (LB.1 1838099 or 1888099)
Transmission: multi-plate Borg and Beck clutch
Suspension: semi-elliptical leaf springs all round
Fuel tank capacity: 12 gallons (54.6 litres)
Range: 22 m.p.g. (7.8 km/litre)
Tyre pressure: 80 p.s.i. (551.6 kPa) (high pressure tyres only)
Starter motor: Westinghouse Electric 6 volt
Vacuum system for fuel: Sparton
Horn: Sparton
Windscreen upright: Welsh Bros, Sydney
Magneto: American Bosch AT6 model
Generator: Westinghouse

Dimensions

Height

2000 mm

Width

1800 mm

Source

Credit Line

Gift of 'Modern Motor' magazine, 1963

Acquisition Date

19 March 1963

Cite this Object

Harvard

1923 Australian Six model H23 tourer 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 March 2023, <https://ma.as/207936>

Wikipedia

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