Introduction from the 1928 Owner’s Handbook

THE AUSTIN TWELVE was designed to meet the demands of an ever increasing circle of motorists who require a car of medium power, embodying all the comforts and refinements which the modern automobile engineer can provide. Its introduction has added to the already well-established reputation for reliability and excellence of workmanship earned by Austin cars of earlier make. Its success has been commemorative with its undoubted qualities.

From the earliest inception of the design of the Austin Twelve the aim was to produce a car with full-sized seating capacity and one capable of meeting all the demands of both long-distance touring and town work. All the excellent features that have proved so eminently successful on the now famous Austin Twenty have been embodied on this smaller model.

The engine which has a detachable head, is particularly well balanced and flexible. The four cylinders of 72 x 114.5 mm. give 12.8 h.p. by R.A.C. rating, and 27 h.p. on the brake at 2,000 r.p.m. The total capacity of the engine is 1,861 c.c. The pistons are of aluminium. Valves are all placed on one side of the cylinder and are interchangeable. Lubrication is maintained by means of a gearwheel pump, in accordance with well-tried Austin practice. Camshaft, magneto, water pump and dynamo are all driven by silent chain, and the fan by belt. A clutch of single-plate type, proved very sweet in its action, has been adopted.

The engine and four-speed gearbox form one unit, suspended at three points. Gear changes are effected by a lever in a gate mounted centrally on the top of the box. The hand-brake directly applies shoes of large area upon a drum just behind the gearbox, while the foot-brakes are of the expanding type, on all four wheels. The rear axle is driven by helical bevel gear and is of a live three-quarter floating type with the outer casing carrying the rear wheels on ball bearings. Petrol is fed by a vacuum tank. The Austin Twelve has electric starting and lighting units, and its standard equipment includes speedometer, clock, electric horn, driving mirror, wind-screen wiper, calormeter, spring gaiters, luggage carrier, shock absorbers, one spare wheel and tyre.

The coachwork of all models is of a high standard of material and design. In most models the driver’s seat is easily adjustable for obtaining the most comfortable position. Upholstery is in real leather or Bedford Cord, and the general finish of the fittings is in nickel.

Introduction for the Austin Twelve Handbook of 1928

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