Restoring a classic for 25 years

Trevor’s lovingly restored 1938 Austin Big Seven ute.
Trevor’s lovingly restored 1938 Austin Big Seven ute. Alistair Brightman

TWENTY-FIVE years ago Trevor Hebblewhite noticed a particularly interesting pile of scrap metal in a Sunshine Coast backyard, a 1938 Austin Big Seven utility.

“I bought it for $1000 at that time,” Mr Hebblewhite said.

“It looked like nothing but a pile of junk.”

From that day 25 years ago, Mr Hebblewhite has been restoring the classic to its full potential.

“Most would have been able to do it in 18 months,” he said.

“But I did it in my own time.”

In 2007 Mr Hebblewhite and his family travelled to New South Wales for the Mudgee Austin Seven Rally and Car Show.

There were more than 120 competitors attending and Mr Hebblewhite’s hard work paid off when he received a first place award in the Commercial Division, a people’s choice category.

“It was a great feeling,” Mr Hebblewhite said. “It was so worth it.”

The time has now come for Mr Hebblewhite to sell his pride and joy.

Seatbelt laws have restricted him from being able to take his grandchildren for rides in the classic.

“Adults can ride in the car,” he said.

“But anyone under 12 must wear a seatbelt, which is impossible in the Austin.”

He would prefer his pride and joy to remain on the Fraser Coast.

“It’s a reluctant sale,” he said.

“I’d like to sell it to someone who’ll use it and appreciate it.”

Anyone interested in the rare piece of history can phone 0412 466 025 or 4124 5934.

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