Automobile, full size, Austin Seven 'Special' racing car, metal / glass / plastic / rubber, made by the Austin Motor Company Ltd, Longbridge, Birmingham, England, 1928, rebuilt for racing by Bill Warren and George Murray, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1954-1960
The Austin Seven Special is a one-off, hand-modified, single-seat racing car powered by a 998cc front-mounted BMC engine and a 1937 Austin Big 7 "crash" gearbox driving the rear wheels through a BMC Morris 1000 differential. While the car retains some original 1928 Austin Seven features such as the radiator shell, chassis, steering box, rear springs and fuel tank, it is also fitted with several non-Austin/Morris components including twin SU carburettors and a Bosch ignition coil.
The car is finished in bright red paint over custom made sheet steel bodywork featuring the racing number "91" on both sides and the signwritten wording "BILL WARREN AUSTIN SRARES"(sic) and "DRIVER JOCK McLEAN". An exhaust extraction system dominates the left hand side of the bodywork. The driver's cockpit is upholstered in green vinyl while the steering wheel from a 1930 Austin is mounted under the sparse instrument panel. The racing number "91" is mounted on the black radiator core featured in saw-cut bright steel sheet.