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Jewels of the Austin crown set for national Seven rally

Published 31 January 2017

The ‘Jewels in the Crown’ will be the main feature at this year’s national Austin Seven Rally. The Ruby, Opal and Pearl models will take pride of place at the event, which is held on Sunday, 2 July at Beaulieu in Hampshire.

The trio were launched in 1934 and gave buyers a choice of body styles. The Ruby was a four-seat closed saloon; the Pearl had a similar body style but with a fold-back roof; and the Opal was a two-seat soft-top tourer. Collectively known as the ‘jewel range’, they continued in production until 1939.

They will be joined on the rally field by a huge variety of other Austin Seven models and a great selection of trade stands catering for all Austin 7 needs. One of the modern-day joys of owning an Austin Seven is the ready availability of moderately priced spare parts, making a Seven one of the easiest pre-war cars to own.

The National Rally has been held annually in the grounds of Lord Montagu’s estate for 54 consecutive years and is organised by the 750 Motor Club. The event is open to all Austin Seven owners regardless of whether or not they are 750 club members and entries come from all over the UK and Europe. Austins form the core of the event, but pre-1975 vehicles of all makes are invited to attend and will have a designated parking area on the rally field.

Full details and entry forms will be found on the 750 Motor Club website from early March. Visit: www.750mc.co.uk/austin7.

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