Posted 6 years ago
The blue Austin J40, # 17,8XX, (with Hood emblem) was discovered in New Tecumseh, Ontario, in a foreclosed antique shop, under the stairs in the basement, filled with scrap metal. It was terribly abused, crushed, and dragged around by a chain (on the front axle) when I found him...All chrome, switch, wire, lights, horn, hub caps, tires, seat, dash, bumpers....All missing. BUT it had the original H8 Champion plugs! Purchased for $100. Spent 13 months , mostly during the great winter of 2013; cobbling him back together with Austin parts ALL OVER THE GLOBE! That's a 2K PPG paint job there! This Austin was restored 22 days before my son (new owner) was born. I placed him on the seat of his Austin, he was 4 days old...and I softly said..."All for you my son"
The red Austin J40 (my first Austin ever), # 28,2XX, was purchased at the Christie’s Auction house in New York City in 2012 for $1100 USD. I did not repaint this Austin, to pay homage and respect to the craftsman whom painted it before me (amazing job). Was missing lights, horn, switch, brake assembly, 1 foot pedal, and all the pink wire...It was in a private collection when the owner passed away. Now all restored with all OEM Austin parts. This red Austin is my Daughters, and she is 2.5 years old. Cannot reach the pedals yet.