The first car to have the Austin name was in 1906, which were conventional and well built cars. But the Austin 7 Chummy introduced in 1922 was a ground braking small car that became a legend. Unlike a cycle type car it was really a proper car that had been shrunk down complete with a 4 cylinder engine, would seat 4 people, and had 4 wheel brakes. The 7 was built under licence in Germany as the Dixi by BMW, and Rosengart in France The Swallow bodied Austin Seven even helped William Lyons on his way to starting Jaguar. There was a plethora of models before the war and post war they carried on until the new A40 could be introduced in 1947. Shortly after the A70 and 2.6 litre A90 (Westminster) were also developed into A95, A99, A105 and A110 etc. In 1951 the little A30 got made which was developed into many models, with its engine finally developed into the Allegro engine at British Leyland!
While the A40 was in production, the first of the ground breaking Issigonis designed Minis was introduced in 1959, which claimed the mantle of the original Austin 7. Starting at 848cc it increased to 997 in the new "Cooper" then 998cc, 1071cc eventually ending up the largest at 1275, but to learn more see XXXX.