Meteor – Richardson Body Works - Sydney (1928 –1929)

A lovely 1929 Richardson Meteor

Owner Christopher Killalea (Sydney - Australia)

(photo form The Austin Seven Source Book)

The Richardson bodied Meteor was similar to the other Meteors produced during this period in Australia. The main identifying feature being the tail section which was similar to that of the English Ulster. The body was constructed from steel over an ash frame. The car was still heavy and suitable only as a road sports car for the day.

Features included:

an all steel body on an ash frame with front guards gently sweeping at the rear and rear guards gently sweeping forward at the front

a standard Austin Seven rolling chassis and motor, apart from a wedged steering box (to lower the steering box angle) and a lengthened steering column

the 1929 model was based on the 1929 ‘AD’ Tourer (Chummy)

3.50 x 19 inch wheels

the 1928 model featured two small doors, the 1929 model changed to a single door with a side mounted spare wheel similar to the other Meteor designs

a split two piece ‘vee’ windscreen design with no top metal support rail

four panel hinged bonnet design with seven louvres on the two side panels

16 inch by 12 inch radiator enclosed by a cowl typical to other Meteor designs covering the front axle assembly and having a removable handle for the starter, the cowl was usually referred to as an ‘Edrich’ cowl

the 1929 model used a modified Chummy dash panel complete with a Lucas SM5 switch assembly, ignition switch, standard oil indicator button and a Smiths PA speedometer

a Lucas ‘DEL’ dynamo was used with a corresponding Lucas ‘CF1’ cut-out

Lucas ‘R47’ headlamps were mounted on the large triangular front guard supports, a standard single tail lamp was mounted above the number plate assembly

all bright work was Nickel plated

storage space in the large pointed tail section was accessed by folding the single piece seat back forward.

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