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This is the story of the Austin 8 – a story told following the weekend celebrations when a group of Austin 8s and their owners came together to commemorate the car’s 80th birthday and give the model its long overdue share of the limelight.
Introduced in 1939 shortly before the outbreak of WW2, the Austin 8 was not in production for long before the car factories were turned over to producing the machinery of war. The model found itself serving as a military scout vehicle, after which it was regarded as rather old fashioned. And so in 1947 it was replaced by the newly styled and more powerful Austin A40 Devon and Dorset model range. The Austin 8 never went on to enjoy the success and limelight of its predecessor, the famous and much-loved Austin 7.
Includes the story behind the very first pedal car ever made by Austin, how it shared its origins with the Austin 8 and how its first driver, a 7-year old girl in 1946, was able to reunite with the car at the site of Austin’s Longbridge factory some 73 years later. In addition to the sections used within the main feature the full interview with Marcia Blake is included as an extra.
In spite of its relatively short production run, many of these cars still survive today both here in the UK as well as in Australia and elsewhere and are cherished by their enthusiastic owners. In the UK there is no active club to help owners meet each other and it’s very rare to see an Austin 8 at a classic car meet. And yet, rather like Cinderella, the time finally came when she could go to the ball, the big party, the car’s own special 80th birthday celebration - a weekend event held in June 2019 in Worcestershire, England.