Another classic is to join the ranks of the Classic Car Loan Project, with the Pre-War Austin Seven Club lending its support by sourcing a 1934 Austin Seven for the pioneering scheme.

Managed by long-term classic enthusiast Bob Wilkinson with support from sponsor Peter James Insurance, the scheme was set up in March 2017 to help encourage new enthusiasts into the classic vehicle movement. The Austin Seven will be the fifth car to be included, having been fully prepared. It will be available in early 2019 for the remainder of the year, and will also be on show at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.

The ongoing project has four cars currently in the hands of younger drivers for this year – a 1929 Ford Model A, 1934 Morgan 3 wheeler sports, 1960 Vauxhall Victor and a 1983 Austin Maestro. Each driver has made an agreement with the owner that covers usage, routine maintenance and general care.

“I am delighted that the Pre-War Austin Seven Club has taken this step in joining this exciting project to encourage new drivers,” said Bob. “The club has worked hard to finance, source and prepare this lovely little saloon which will give a great deal of pleasure and I am sure there will be a long queue of applicants over 25 years old for the car.

“It is just the car for a new enthusiast or maybe owner of a more modern classic looking to drive a car from a previous era. I will be seeking applications from readers in next few weeks, and have serious enquiries from other clubs looking into offering cars ready for next season.”
Owners and clubs can contact Bob Wilkinson.