NOSTALGIA: A 1930s' car for the aspirational
I published aÂ 1936 advert forÂ the Austin Sherborne on August 17 and asked if anyone knew what the technical terms of the day meant.
Ian Heath tellsÂ meÂ 10/4 referred to theÂ Austin 10/Four Cylinder, and six windows wereÂ often referred to as 'six light' in old car circles.
The hourglass worm steering was a toothed cog driven by a 'worm', Â a screw. TheÂ 'hourglass' was the shape of the screw. It was shaped that way so more than one tooth could engage the screwÂ at the same time, says Ian.
Austin named their cars and another 10 was called the Lichfield. The 10 wasÂ aboveÂ the Austin 7 but below the Austin 12. The 12s had names like AscotÂ and Mayfair, a limousineÂ naturally. As for the 'foolproof' controls, this may have meantÂ self-correcting trafficators and synchromeshed gears and a self-starter.
In 1936 Â£178Â was a fair sum. AÂ Ford Popular or Austin 7 cost Â£105.Â A shipwright in the dockyardÂ earnedÂ Â£130-Â£143 a year. The SherborneÂ was a car for the aspirational.