1932 Austin Seven in Hong Kong in the 1960/70's
I recently bought a 1932 Austin Seven AG tourer which at one time was registered in Hong Kong AP 9057 (1970/71from the Tax disc)
A brief history of the car is that it got out to Hong Kong somehow by 1970., where it was owned (allegedly) by a British ex-pat Hong Kong policeman who sold it at auction (when returning to UK) to an American (Gerald R Stockton) who was working in HK at that time. Subsequently he took it to California , registered it as "Chitty!" kept it for a number of years until selling it in 1982 to a friend in Ohio where it was sold on again until it languished in a rodent filled barn until I rescued it last year & shipped it to the UK!.
I am keen to find out anything about the car in HK, I know it was Blue & Black and was competantly modified from standard into a (relatively!) sporting little car. For those who know Sevens it has a "Nippy" cylinder head & manifolds, a 4 speed "sports" gearbox, a Hardy Spicer prop shat, Morris Minor Hydraulic brakes and 17" wheels! All these are "period" modifications & were probably done in the UK before the car went out....but not necessarily!
It could be a pre -war survivor, modified by an enthusiast in HK.
It is quite possible that the unknown policeman was a member of the Hong Kong Motor Sprts Club (still going!)
Does ANYONE have any memories of the car? I have pictures of it in a sad state in Ohio, but nothing from HK...if I can find out how to put them here