1938 Austin 7 Supercharged Special
This offset single seater was built in New Zealand as a period work racer for Formula Libre Events and for the prestigious Chelsea Sugar Works Hillclimb, a vintage car club of New Zealand, held annually in the works grounds. As such it has a heavily modified chassis being ‘boxed in’ and with new tubular cross members, the chassis started life as a standard Austin Ruby unit. The front axle has been split in the centre to allow for independent suspension and the track increased by 100mm. The rear axle has also been increased in width by 100mm and the differential has been moved from the axle centre hence the term “Offset Racer’.
The engine is also heavily modified, again this started off as a standard Austin Seven engine. The engine now has a forged crankshaft, custom pistons and conrods and a special profile camshaft. The standard engine could produce 17bhp now with the aid of the supercharger and extensive cylinders head work the engine can produce almost 55bhp.
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