George Ferris

1918 Austin V12

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I am trying to trace a 1918 Austin V12 touring made in Grand Rapids Michigan. A picture of this car is included in an article about the Austin Automobile Company (written by me) in Antique Auomobile, March-April, 1978, p. 10. It was part of the Barney Pollard collection in Detroit and disappeared after he died and the collection was dispersed.

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Fairly certain my mom (Barney's daughter, Christine) sold it to a fellow in CA. Memory is sketchy, it might have been to an Austin. But equally likely is that an Austin wanted the car but lost out to the fellow from CA.

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Saw a reproduction of an advertisement for a 1918 Austin once. Didn't know any survived. As this query is a year and a half old, maybe none did.

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We did have an Austin in the collection of this vintage. I titled the car as a 1917 Austin Convertible with the VIN number as #1328 (the number I got from my uncle Barney-BC). It was a 12 cylinder touring with wire wheels if I remember correctly. For some reason Wiedley engine comes to mind but I could be off base on that. Too much semi-useless information going through my mind. The present owner is probably correct that it is a 1918. Not the first mistake we made and one of the reasons I don't draft a list. There would be too many errors.

My cousin Jim who posted above is correct it was owned and sold by his mother.-Jim

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There is a 1918 Austin V12 tourer in New Zealand owned by Kelvin Findlay.

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Hello, yes I do own this car,   Has ID tag still on the car dated 1917,   V12 is fourth generation Wiedley design   being 450Cuin  .

If you wish to contact me directly please do so,   Kelvin Finlay

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Could we humbly request a picture of the engine for the forum? - It must be really something to see.

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Very nice. Thanks for posting the photo. The overhead gear and layout bear a remarkable resemblance to the post-war Austin engines.

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