Austin’s 10 series launched in 1932, sandwiched neatly between its diminutive 7 and larger 12 models. Its conservative pressed steel bodywork sat atop a conventional cross-braced ladder chassis, with power coming from an 1125cc side-valve four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels and mated to a four-speed gearbox.
Suspension was by half-elliptic springs front and rear, with braking via cable-operated units. Good originally for 20bhp @ 2600rpm, the power unit saw a hike in 1938 to 32bhp @ 4000rpm in uprated form. Fuel consumption sat healthily between 30-34mpg, depending on which model you opted for.
An open two-seater joined the saloon in 1933, alongside a Colwyn cabriolet and van. Further additions included the Ripley one year later, with all models receiving a stronger chassis, as well as synchromesh on third and fourth gears. Saloons also gained the name Lichfield at this time.
In 1936, the Sherbourne, with its three windows down each side lending it the moniker the ‘six light’, arrived to lend inhabitants a roomier rear cabin experience and dash of streamlined style.
Its final two years of production saw the Cambridge saloon and Conway Cabriolet, as well as the Ripley Sports, all make an appearance, before the all-new, semi-unitary 10 arrived in 1939.
This would be produced until 1947.
Time to say hello to a rather fetching, and highly original, example of the Sherbourne ‘Six Light’.