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Austin unknown

Austin unknown in The 39 Steps, Movie, 1935 IMDB

Class: Cars, Van / MPV — Model origin: UK

Austin unknown

Position 00:27:40 [*] Background vehicle

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Sunbar UK

2018-09-21 12:08

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Part of the movie and part of a conversation between Robert Donat and John Laurie.
A small delivery van similar to an 1928 Austin 7 Van with an early painted radiator but with a slightly longer wheelbase. An Austin Ten 6/8cwt van was around in about 1930-1933 but no examples found.

dsl SX

2018-09-21 13:59

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Longbridge only started A7 van production in 1930; earlier vans were approved coachbuilds by Thomas Startin and a few by Gordon England, so there may have been some odd varieties. I think all the Longbridge-built A7 vans had C-shape curve for side window, so this ain't one of them. No idea about the Ten Van, although this one seems to have rear mudguards as if it's a wider track than the narrow A7.

Sunbar UK

2018-09-21 14:58

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CM lists three Austin vans in 1925, Seven, Twelve and Twenty all with Startin bodies. If it is an Austin, and so larger than a Seven, its likely as you say dsl to be based on a bare chassis with a body made elsewhere.

In 1931 an Austin 12/6 10cwt Van was introduced which looks larger than the movie van.
The 1934 Austin 10 6/8cwt van CM article implies it had a predecessor Austin 10 van but no details.

One to look out for in the future, if it can be found.

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