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Good Used Cars For Sale at Grand Rapids Michigan Willys Dealer

Here are a couple of fun photos to end up the week. The images were taken at Monument Square located in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 28, 1949.

The small economy car is an Austin Seven manufactured in the UK by the Austin Motor Company Limited between the years of 1922 to ’39. It is powered by a 747cc L-head four-cylinder engine backed up by a three-speed sliding gear transmission in a seventy-five inch w.b. chassis with a forty-inch track width. The publicity photos of this stripped down Austin apparently were taken for use by a Willys dealer in Grand Rapids to promote the sale of its used cars.

In 1930 the Austin Motor Company began production of the American Austin in Butler, Pennsylvania, although the bodies for the cars were constructed in Grand Rapids by the Hayes Body Works and then shipped to the Austin Factory. Learn all about the Americanized version of the Austin Seven here on The Old Motor in the four-part American Austin Bantam Story.

Share with us what you find of interest in the photographs courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

20 responses to “Good Used Cars For Sale at Grand Rapids Michigan Willys Dealer

  1. In the 2nd picture, on the far right driving to the left, is either a 1947 or ’48 NASH Trunk Sedan, unsure if it’s a 600 or Ambassador.

    • The full rear wheel opening identifies it as a Ambassador. The full unit body 600’s sported a partially skirted look with a much smaller wheel opening.

  2. In the lead photo and Item 1 of 2, a ’49 Buick Super 4-door Sedan followed by a ’47 Chevy Fleetmaster Town Sedan…slimmer trim above the grille vs a ’48.

    In Item 2 of 2 the coupe passing by looks like a ’41 Pontiac DeLuxe Torpedo and following it, a ’46-’48 Nash Ambassador 4-door Trunk Sedan with a ’41 Nash 600 between the two…noting the 600’s more skirted rear wheel vs an Ambassador

  3. BMW licensed the Austin Seven as their DIXI. Never realized how small it is. A modern Shriner couldn’t even fit in that for a parade.

    • Datsun made them, too until about 1955 and never paid the License Fee. Wonder if the aluminum paint on this one made it go faster?

    • The Seven was originally licensed to Automobilwerk Eisenach in 1927 and sold by them as the Dixi DA-1 3/15PS. BMW bought the company in 1928 and initially badged them as the BMW Dixi DA1, but the Dixi name was dropped in 1929 when the car was upgraded and became the BMW 3/15. Production ceased in March 1932 when BMW gave up the licence.

        • A slander? How about Lucas-Marelli ignition systems of years ago. Seems like the worst combination possible.
          And while we are at it, thanks to our Australian friends for the following: “Why do the Brits drink warm beer? They have Lucas refrigerators.”

  4. The guy in the topcoat, cranking then pushing the car: take a look at that haircut. Is that a young Donald Trump?

  5. And if the Austin Seven is still around today it’s worth a small fortune, even in it’s current state.

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