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My 1939 Austin fourlight saloon

Austin Eight Fourlight Saloon Drieborgentocht 2010 (3th place winner)

Austin Eight Fourlight Saloon Drieborgentocht 2010 (3th place winner)

Austin Eight Fourlight Saloon Drieborgentocht 2010 (3th place winner)

Our family has grown to four now. We have two sons, Tim and Hugo. Therefore we have decided to sell our running MG B of 1977. We now have bought an Austin Fourlight Saloon build in 1939. In the Austin Eight, we have found the car to be able to enjoy a classic car with our whole family in stead of only two people in our two seater MG B. The Austin was the 3rd place winner during the "Drie Borgentocht 2010" in the category "most attractive pre war car".

Below the first pictures of the 1939 Austin Fourlight Saloon made during pick up in 2010.

Pick up

On the road

First time at our drive way.Welcome home.

Brief History Austin Eight

Making its debut in the spring of 1939, the Austin Eight was the replacement for the 900cc ‘Big Seven’ which had been added to the Austin Seven range in July 1937.  The new model echoed the styling theme of the re-vamped 10hp and 12hp models and boasted a newly designed platform-type chassis.  The engine of the ‘Big Seven’ was retained and the car was available in two and four-door saloon versions and as an open four-seater tourer.  The two door saloon was called the fourlight saloon and the four door saloon was called the sixlight saloon. From 1939 - 1942 about 20.000 Austin Eights have been build. How many were build in the different versions is not known. The four-door version was re-introduced immediately after the Second World War and continued in production until late 1947. The post war production was about 30.000 cars. Which makes a total of about 50.000 Eights produced from 1939 - 1947. Also the Austin Eight was available as van, and has been delivered as military cars during WWII. . 

The Austin Eight was not able to meet the success of the Austin Seven, this is why much more Sevens still exist above much less Austin Eights, which makes these cars rare nowadays, especially in the two door four light saloon, van and open tourer versions.

For more history about the Austin Eight click here

Or have a look at mw web page for the Austin Eight:


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- Standard brochures added
- Morgan brochures added
- Morris adverts added

December, 2011
- Austin brochures added.

December, 2011
- Morris brochures added.

December, 2011
- Riley brochures added.

February, 2011
- Morris adverts added.

November, 2010
- Rover adverts added.

September 24, 2010
- Nice Austin Seven movie added

September 19, 2010
- History Austin eight added
- Austin adverts added

July 19, 2010
- Sunbeam adverts added.

July 18,2010
- Crossley adverts added.
- Alvis adverts added.
- Lagonda adverts added.

March 12, 2010
- New Chinese MG brochures added

February 18, 2010
- New Armstrong book information

January 9-10, 2010
- Morgan adverts added
- Dellow adverts added
- Berkeley adverts added
- Bond adverts added

December 13, 2009
- Doepke Toys information added

November 20, 2009
- New MG TD book information
- Land Rover adverts added

June 8, 2009
- MG brochures added
- Several 1943 adverts added
- Jacques Coune article added (*)
- War and post war adverts added(*)
- (*) Memebers section only 

June 6-7, 2009
- AC adverts added
- Daimler adverts added
- Fraser Nash advertsadded
- Humber adverts added
- Jaguar adverts added
- Lagonda adverts added
- Lea Francis advertsadded
- MG adverts added
- Morgan adverts added
- Rolls Royce adverts added
- Singer adverts added

May 2, 2009
- Humber adverts added

April 25-26, 2009
- AC adverts added
- Allard adverts added
- Alvis adverts added
- Armstrong Siddeley adverts added
- Aston-Martin adverts added
- Bentley adverts added
- Daimler adverts added
- Fraser Nash adverts added
- Healey adverts added
- Jaguar adverts added
- Jensen adverts added
- Lagonda adverts added
- Lanchester adverts added
- Lea Francis adverts added
- MG adverts added
- Rolls Royce adverts added

April 12, 2009
- Sunbeam adverts added
- Oost Grunnerger rit info

February 27-28, 2009
- Morgan brochures added
- MG brochures added.
- Sunbeam adverts added.

February 8-9, 2009
- Morgan advertisements added
- Austin Healey Sprite brochure added
- MG brochures added.
- Singer Vogue brochure added
- Triumph Spitfire brochure added

January 29-30, 2009
-Morgan brochures added

January 24-25, 2009
- Pre war MG brochures added
- Sunbeam Talbot adverts added

January 10, 2009
- MGB adverts added.
- MGB GT adverts added.
- MGC adverts added.

January 2-4, 2009
- Triump adverts added.
- Healey adverts added.
- Aston Martin adverts added.
- Bentley adverts added.
- MG adverts added.
- Jaguar adverts added.
- Bristol adverts added.
- Allard adverts added.

December 20-21, 2008
- MG B brochures added.
- Healey brochures added.
- Jaguar D-Type brochure added.
- Singer Nine 1946 brochure added.
- Land Rover Series I brochures added. 

December 9, 2008
- Jaguar E-type adverts added.

December 6-7, 2008
- Singer adverts added.
- Riley adverts added.
- Jaguar adverts added.
- Jensen adverts added.

November 24 -25, 2008
- Daimler adverts added.
- Lagonda adverts added.

Soon expected

- Standard advertisemenets.
- Wolseley advertisements.
- Rover advertisements.
- Humber
- Hillman advertisements.
- Land Rover brochures.
- Sleeping Beauties.
- Jaguar brochures.

About me

My name is Hermann Egges. I am collecting car brochures and advertisements since I was a little child.

First I collected articles and adverts of cars out of news papers and magazines. After that I went to local car dealers to get the brochures of the cars, showed in their show rooms. I was a happy child if I left the dealer with one or more brochures in my hand. These were the first brochures collected, which are still today in my private collection. This means that the collection of brochures starts in the late seventies up till now.

I try to search for people who have the same interest for car advertisemnets and brochures as I do. I would like to share experiences and information and hope to get in contact to interchange brochures with each other. In this way I try to enlarge the private collection of my and the collection of people I get in contact with.

All brochures shown on my web-page are out of my own collection. I have made photographs of them and made collages as shown on the web-page. More than 2.500 advertisements and more than 1.000 brochures are shown at my web page.

I hope you will enjoy my web-page.

Kind Regards

Hermann Egges

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