History & register of the Austin Eight

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For Decades, the Austin Eight was largely unloved.

The Austin Eight has been largely unloved for a long period of time and therefore the survival rate remarkably low. There are a variety of reasons for this. In the first instance they most certainly lack the sheer, love it or hate it, personality of the Seven. And let’s face it most motoring enthusiasts love it - to this day. And the same applies to the Big Seven, it oozes character and is of conspicuously better quality than the Eight. Furthermore, by the very nature of its construction, the Austin Eight has to be a ‘rot box’ and many succumbed to that malaise once the MOT was introduced; and many more have since.

At the other hand also many surviving Eights were for a long period of time in one family since new.

Also Austin Eigths have been used in movies, or were send to India or Malaisia where they were heavily used and finally did not survive. Others just did not survive WWII.

In this section you will find some examples of Eights which survived or may be not survived.

Austin Eights which dit not survive WWII

 
This Eight Fourlight saloon did most probably not survive WWII.

Austin 8 Tourers left in the field or stored outside


This Eight Tourer was left in the field.


Eight Tourer barn find front.


Eight Tourer barn find back.


Eight Tourer barn find front for auction in 2011


Eight Tourer barn find front for auction in 2011


Eight Tourer barn find front for auction in 2011


Eight Tourer barn find.

Austin 8 Saloons left in the field or stored outside


Austin Eight next to Morris Eights, this is how many came to thier end.


Austin Eight left in the field.


Austin Eight in the bush


Austin Eight in the bush

Austin Eight in the field, at least they have given her a blanked.


Austin Eight in the field, front.


Austin Eight in the field, back.


Austin Eight in the field, interior.


Austin Eight in the field, grille.


Austin Eight in the field, this one was saved & restored.


Austin Eight in the field, this one was saved & restored.


This Austin Eight most probably did not survive 

Sleeping Austin Eight Van


Resting Austin Eight van


Not an Eight, but a resting Austin 10, which was rebuild to Pick Up.

Exported Austin Eights

With the introduction of the MOT in UK, many cars were exported to India or Malaisia as well. Many Eights lived thier second life there and many did not survive.


Exported Austin Eight in India, did it survive ? There are for sure still some left there.


Exported Austin Eight in India, still existing, but waiting for better days.

Austin Eight hot rod

Some Eights came to thier end because they were rebuild to a hot rod.

Below an Eight wit the biggest engine ever build in an Austin Eight.

Austin Eights used in movies

The first image shows an Austin Eight tourer driven by Clive Dun in the BBC series, Dad's Army in 1985. This car is still in existance. 

A few other Austin Eights performed as movie stars. I am not sure from which movies the other below images are taken from. If you know, please let me know.


Austin Eight Tourer driven by Clive Dun, during the series Dad's Army.

This Eight was a movie star as well if it dit survive, I am not sure ?
 
The Austin Eight Tourer as shown below was used in the German Movie "Drei Mann auf einem Pferd" from 1957. The actors are Walter Giller and Nadja Tiller, in real life married as well. 


This nice Eight was a movie star as well in Germany, if it dit survive, I am not sure ?


This nice Eight was a movie star as well in Germany, if it dit survive, I am not sure ?


This nice Eight was a movie star as well in Germany, if it dit survive, I am not sure ?

Austin Eight Four Light Saloon LHD

I also found these two Austin Eights on the net. Both are four light saloon models. These are both LHD and with closed wheels. I am not sure if this is a specific type of eight, but for sure they have a bit different look as the Eights as build in UK. May be these are Eights build abroud UK. If you have any information about these Eights or this model, please let me know and contact me [email protected]

Austin Eight LHD fourlight saloon, partly sheltered.


Austin Eight LHD fourlight saloon, partly sheltered.


Austin Eight LHD fourlight saloon, partly sheltered.


Austin Eight LHD fourlight saloon, with closed wheels as well.


Austin Eight LHD fourlight saloon, with closed wheels as well.


Austin Eight LHD fourlight saloon, with closed wheels as well.


Austin Eight LHD fourlight saloon, with closed wheels as well.

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