1930,1931,1932,1933,1934,1935,1936 and 1937 austin seven ruby and box RL and RN for sale and wanted also ww2 a7 army scout car

The Austin Motor Company at Longbridge produced a variety of their small 'Seven' series vehicles for Army use during WW1 & WW2.
Wartime Austin Sevens in action including one left behind at Dunkirk.
Pictured below are a few rare restored examples in various guises today including Olive.
Army Austin 7
Germany manufactured Austin Sevens under licence from Austin and was BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) first car - It was named the BMW Dixi and here it is being used by the Wehrmacht with a front mounted MG34 Machine Gun and also under disguise as a tank, with plywood sides and gun turret - SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler takes his Dixi for a drive!
Olive the Austin Seven
Austin 7 Military
Olive is a 1935 Austin 7 Ruby adapted to the guise of one of the vehicles used by the British military in early 1944. It is believed that a few of these little cars were modified and transported by glider across the English channel by either Halifax, Sterling or Albemarle aircraft from an airfield near the south coast and released over occupied northern France with possibly soldiers from the Royal Signals or SOE, Winston Churchills 'Special Operations Executive'. Their sole aim to gather last minute but valuable intelligence, by use of their heavy communications equipment, prior to the Normandy landings in June of that year.
We are proud of our achievement boasts Olives owner Kim Leachman from Holdenhurst Village near Bournemouth and together with good friend Stuart Hiscock, the two self-confessed petrol heads and Austin Seven enthusiasts have spent many hours of their spare time on her reconstruction. There is no known photographic or historical evidence to confirm the existence of such vehicles says Kim other than that told to me by my late father and grandfather whom themselves worked for Vickers Aviation and Harland and Wolff respectively during the 40's and 50's. Both companies being heavily involved with the war effort and especially Operation Overlord the codename for the D-Day invasion. Stuarts father was an Aircraft Armament Technician in the Royal Air Force.
The eighty one year old Austin has undergone a total bodywork and mechanical restoration using original and reconditioned parts to the specifications of the drawings, sketches and verbal information given to me many years ago by my father. Both he and my grandfather told me convincingly that the vehicles had been obtained and modified locally at Hurn Aerodrome and Airspeed Limited in Christchurch where the Horsa Gliders were manufactured. Horsa gliders were most famously used for the capture of the Pegasus bridge which spans the river Orne in France during the early hours of D-Day.
Hurn, once a main staging area for bombers and fighters during WW2 is now better known as Bournemouth International Airport. Airspeed, adjacent to Christchurch airfield, was replaced in the 70's by an Industrial complex and housing estate, but the road still bears the name of Airspeed Way and other surrounding roads have aircraft names. The two seater 750cc 7hp car features a .303 caliber Bren machine gun mounted on a wooden platform inplace of the rear seats. A period radio transmitter and field telephone are stored underneath, alongside Walter the Carrier Pigeon in his basket!
An interesting historical note is the role these cars played in the development of the jeep. The American Bantam Company was formed from the American Austin company, which was set up to produce Austin 7's in the USA under license in the 1930's. Bantam used them to develop military cross country scout cars, which led to the jeep prototypes. The Austin 7 Military Tourer can honestly claim to be the original jeep prototype!
It is hoped that by restoring such a mythical vehicle and photographing and videoing its progress it may assist with any historical research of either the vehicles or their mission with military historians. Three years ago, Kim invited the secretary of the Dorset Austin Seven club, Phil Whitter, who carries the authority of the DVLA to officially inspect, date and authenticate the motor car - he was very impressed with Olive says Kim and now, since gaining her MOT and V5 registration document, she is now able to display her very own registration number SEZ 1935.
Affectionately named 'Olive' after her shade of olive drab green paint, the 1935 Reconnaissance war machine features a cartoon of Olive Oyl painted on each side of her bonnet with the slogan 'Olive sez 1935!' - She has also, with her two man crew of Private Partz and Major Cockup, been used as a display vehicle for the Royal British Legion plus the Help for Heroes charities and has raised funds for both causes - Git yor 'air cut Lad!
The Original Drawing by Howard Leachman
The original drawing my Father drew for me back in the early sixties of one of the six Austin Seven Reconnaissance cars, that he remembers at Vickers Aviation, now British Aerospace, back in the forties, where he worked as a young trainee technician. This set me on the road to find one!
Austin Seven
Olive now appears in the book ' Union Jack & Jerry Can', written about British Utility & Light Reconnaissance Vehicles from both WW1 & WW2, complied by four German Military Historians and published by Helios Books in June 2016.
A fleeting glimpse of her in action, can be seen in the new, Two Hundred Million Dollar Movie 'Murder on the Orient Express' and a newspaper article about it, can be accessed here: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15655392.The_1935_Austin_7_car_from_Bournemouth_starring_in_new_Murder_on_the_Orient_Express_film/
I am currently writing a book about Olive and once published I am to donate any royalties any sales may bring, to three charities, that mean a lot to me, namely, The Royal British Legion , Help for Hero's and the Steve Bernard Foundation, a local Registered Charity ,that helps to provides financial help for Under Priveledged Children. The book, with some illustrations by myself, is about her one off Top Secret WW2 mission to Northern France, which involved her two man crew, the French Resistance, lead by a stunning young local woman Madame Monique Denby and a 45 ton German Panzer Tank, with a vindictive and vengeful crew of four, commanded by German Waffen-Commander Herr Klaus Dieter Rouch, insistent on hunting Olive down! It is hoped that from the book, a movie may be undertaken, with a proportion of the Box Office takings, being awarded to the charities too! The quiet Dorset village where Olives owner resides and which resembles a small French hamlet with vintage buildings and old cottages with rolling Farmland and Farm would be a suitable location and is available for any film production throughout the year. I await to hear from any wealthy business people, willing to help my cause and to help others and I Thank You All, Yours, Kim Leachman: 0759 454 7845 www.army7.co.uk
The Austin seven cars that are atributed with military use are those with the early flat rad design - being the APD series. The only evidence of any later 'Jewel' , Ruby, Pearl & Opel types being used (with the newer style sloping grill) is this photograph of a Dinky toy model below based on a PD type Military Tourer from 1937.
Dinky Toy
A very special thanks must go to the several very important people that were involved with Olives reconstruction since 2002, namely my lovely, dear old Dad, Howard Leachman, who sadly passed away in 1995. To me, he was the nucleus for the project and who would have been extremely proud of both myself, all of my friends and associates and of course, the little car itself - how he would have enjoyed, working on it too! Julian 'Hooligan' Hiscock and his elder brother Stuart both from Bournemouth, who worked tirelessly and into the early hours, sometimes in minus five degree conditions, with Hooligan, also helping to prime and prepare her bodywork and wire wheels, whilst both helped every Friday night, helping to dismantle the vehicle and slowly putting her back together, with welding advice coming from Stu's working colleague and friend and now mine, Tony Bernard who's welding experience came from his work on Oil Rigs, back in the day and that helped a lot! All her ancillary engine parts were reconditioned by Tony Leslie from Holmesdale Sevens in Sessex, whilst the Engine itself was re-asembled by Austin Seven mechanical Wizard, Willie Mackenzie from his ARP workshop in Poole, who sometimes had a fair few derogatory remarks about Stuarts and my own, early Engineering skills, calling us on one occasion and in a strong Scottish accent -"a couple a schunts"! Elecrical items and a few other bits and bobs were supplied by David Cochrane of Austin 7 Components in Rugby, Warickshire and the wiring itself, was put in by our good friend, Stephen 'Brains' Bailey, an Auto Electrical Engineer from just around the corner. Dorset Austin Seven Clubs DVLA approved vehicle authenticator, Phil Whitter, inspected and authorized Olive for registration and finally Glyn Llewellyn and Gary Munn from Munwellyns Engineers of New Milton and Parkstone, checked Olive over and issued her with a clean bill of health, after a steering bolt loosened and myself and Stuart had careered into the back of a parked Peugeot in Holdenhurst Village and wrote it off! Olive suffered a few broken parts and we were lucky enough, just to hurt our pride!
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