I have a RN that was registered (according to DVLA) on 31/12/1931 and I know that Austin's will have started building them in about October or slightly before so as to be able to enter some in the 1931 Motor Show.
I bought a handbook, Publication 715D, because the foreword is dated November 1931 but I'm beginning to wonder if I should have a different handbook because the illustration and description of the saloon for a short wheelbase car, not the long wheelbase that I have.
I have every one of those books including F but no E. As mentioned in another post on may 5th, I believe the letter E to be reserved for export publications. Good luck with finding a copy, let us know if you're successful and what the differences are. cheers Russell.
Hello Russell, the copy I have is 715D dated on the foreword as November 1931 but this clearly shows an swb car.
I know that Austins sometimes reused some pictures. The carburettor is shown as a Zenith FZ but A7s were fitted with the FZB by the time mine was built. I have seen the posts about E being for export.
My body Number is RN493 and the chassis Number is 143890 which is before Handbook F came in.
Hi Brian, Austin's were not particularly good at up dating the drawings in their handbooks and spares books, I think they thought it wasn't critical. Whilst handbook 715f does at least show a side view of a LWB saloon it still shows a 22FZ carburettor and the chassis drawing is of a SWB one.