Polishing finished motor cars at the Austin motor car factory, 27 May 1935.
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Photograph showing workers putting the finishing touches to cars at the Austin Motor Company's factory at Longbridge, Birmingham. The Austin Motor Company was founded by Sir Herbert Austin (1866-1941) in 1905. Austin's design for the Austin Seven, launched in 1922 was the first British car to be affordable enough to make motoring accesible to the mas market. By the 1930s Austin's factory at Longbridge was producing over 1000 cars a week, and by 1934, customers could choose from a range of 41 different models.