Seven Degrees of Austin Seven


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Seven Degrees of Austin 7

We all know about the Ford Model T and the Volkswagen Beetle. But there is only One Car made this century (from 1922-1939 to be exact) that can be said to have influenced every car ever made. One Car that has no more than seven degrees of separation from any other car extant. One Car that is the center of the automotive universe. The One Car that is the lowly AUSTIN SEVEN.

Of course, BMW got its start making the Austin Seven under license, and the first Nissans (Datsuns) were very heavily influenced by the Austin Seven. But what of the others? Let's see:

Dodge Viper is manufactured by Chrysler which also makes the Jeep which was first designed by American Bantam, which was first incorporated as American Austin which built the Austin Seven under license.

Packard Patrician was built by a company that merged with Studebaker which built a series called Land Cruiser, said designation later being adopted by Toyota when it could no longer call its off-road vehicle Jeep, which was designed by American Bantam which got its start building the Austin Seven under license.

Holden Commodore HSV is built by Holden which used to build bodies for and assemble the Austin Seven in Australia.

Yugo GV is a reworked FIAT 128, whose manufacturer collaborated on the Dino with Ferrari , which was almost bought out by Ford, which marketed the Mercury Villager, a clone of the Nissan Quest, made by a company that made close copies of the Austin Seven.

KdF Kubelwagen was based on the original KdF Wagen, or Volkswagen Type 1 ("Beetle"), whose design was commissioned by Adolf Hitler who many people considered to be the Antichrist, or Prince of Darkness, which is the same nickname as that applied to Lucas Electrics, which provided the electrical systems to the Austin Seven.

Chevrolet Monza was based on the Chevrolet Vega, which shared the same series designation as the French Facel Vega, which used engines and transmissions from Chrysler, who makes the Jeep, which was designed by American Bantam which got its start making the Austin Seven under license.

Chevrolet 2000 "Impala" can never hope to compete with the body-on-frame rear drive Ford Crown Victoria as it is based on the Lumina, which has a transverse-mounted engine driving the front wheels just like the Rover Mini which was initially called the Austin 7 when it was introduced in 1959

AMC Pacer was built by AMC, which used to market the Nash Metropolitan, which was built by Austin, which made the Austin Seven.

Morgan Plus 4 has throughout its history used engines from any number of manufacturers that at least one of them has got to be linked to Austin, like, for instance, the 3.5 liter Buick V8 that Rover/Triumph/British Leyland took over.

Chevrolet Caprice was the direct descendant of the 1949 Fleetline fastback whose styling was ripped off by the Bentley Continental, which was made by Rolls Royce that is now getting its engines from BMW which made the Austin Seven under license.

Lincoln Continental was featured as the "Deathmobile" in Animal House, which featured Kevin Bacon who drove, in She's Having A Baby a BMW 2000, made by a company which made the Austin Seven under license.

Tatra 701 was made by Skoda Trucks, which just separated from Skoda Automobiles, which makes the Skoda Fun, whose design was imitated for a concept truck by Nissan which got its start making close copies of the Austin Seven.

Cugnot Steamer is the only French motor vehicle made even more repulsive than the Citroen Ami, which was manufactured by a company that used to own Maserati, which collaborated on an ill-fated convertible with Chrysler, which makes the Jeep, which was designed by American Bantam which got its start making the the Austin Seven under license.

Acura NSX is made by Honda, which used to make Rovers, which used to be mismanaged by British Leyland which also obliterated Austin which made the Austin Seven.

Moskvitch was made by the Soviet Government which initially built Fords, which, during World War II, also made Jeeps which were designed by American Bantam, which got its start making the Austin Seven.

Stanley Steamer uhh, er, lemme think here, oh, yeah, has since had its legendary name modified to and taken over by Stanley Steemer, which is a carpet cleaning company that uses vans from Chrysler, which makes the Jeep, which was designed by American Bantam, which got its start making the Austin Seven under license. Whew.

Saturn SL-1 was made by the same company that made the Saturn LS, which was based on the Opel Vectra, which was also manufactured in the Eisenach plant that built the Wartburg, which used to build BMWs, including the Dixi, which was based on the Austin Seven.

Mercedes Benz SL600 was made by the company that took over and then dumpedChrysler,...no, wait, this is too easy...is made by Daimler Benz (which bought and sold Chrysler, which is the parent company of Daimler, which licensed its name to Daimler of England at the turn of the century, which was bought out by Jaguar, which got its start customizing the Austin Seven.

Isuzu Trooper was made by the same company which provides engines for the still-in-production Hindustan Ambassador, which is based on the 1954 (yes, 1954) Morris Oxford, which car was initially designed by both Morris and Austin, (OK, it also has the same series designation as the AMC Ambassador, which made the Jeep, which was first made by American Bantam, which got its start building the Austin 7 under license) which, duh, made the Austin 7.

Triumph Bonneville was made by many of the same people who produced the Daimler SP250, a brilliantly engineered but hideously ugly sports car that was going to be called the Dart until legal action was threatened by Chrysler which now makes the Jeep which was designed by American Bantam which got its start making the Austin Seven under license.

1949 Mercury was made famous by actor James Dean, who was killed in a Porsche Spyder, which is not to be confused with the Porsche Speedster, which shares the same series designation as a model of the American Bantam Speedster, which company got its start making the Austin 7 under license.

DeLorean was designed by a man who was taken into Federal custody in a Ford, built by the same company that collaborated on performance variants of the Cortina with Lotus, which also worked on racing vehicles with Cooper, which also collaborated on other projects with Austin, the manufacturer of the Austin Seven.

Aston Martin DB5 was immortalized in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, which series also used an AMC Hornet in Man With the Golden Gun, which car was manufactured by the same company that also marketed the Nash Metropolitan, which was made by Austin, which made the Austin Seven.

Leach was an obscure car built in Los Angeles in the early '20s using an engine designed by Harry Miller, who later associated with Preston Tucker who was friends with Harry Bennett, whose boss' creation, the Model T, was an inspiration for the Austin Seven.

Subaru WRX is manufactured by Subaru, whose first American importer was Malcolm Bricklin, who also imported the Yugo GV...no..that's too remote...OK, Malcolm Bricklin, who also manufactured the Bricklin sports car which used engines manufactured by AMC, who also marketed the Nash Metropolitan, which was made by Austin, who made the Austin Seven.

Buick GNX was made by the same GM Division that made the car the Duke of Windsor honeymooned in after he abdicated, thus alienating the other members of the Royal Family which used Daimlers which was bought out by Jaguar which got its start customizing the Austin Seven.

Pontiac Aztek and the Hindenburg differ in this respect: One was a flaming, horrifying disaster and the other was a blimp, powered by a Maybach engine, which company has been revived by Chrysler, which also owns Jeep, which was first designed by American Bantam, which got its start building the Austin 7 under license.

NSU Ro80 used the same engine technology that powers the Mazda RX-7, which was made by a company that is owned by Ford, which used to own Jaguar, which got its start customizing the Austin Seven.


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