Some friends were discussing with me the book “Coleman’s Drive,” which describes how a 1925 Austin Seven in 1959 duplicated “Tschiffely’s Ride” from Buenos Aires to New York— just another phenomenal feat for these unique vehicles.
During our conversation it was explained that last summer a 1929 Austin Seven (UX 5333), a yellow and black tourer rejoicing in the name “Finfinella,” was seen in Monte Carlo, battling up the Zella Pass and finally in Innsbruck. Apparently, it was crewed by three schoolboys from Stockport Grammar School and piled high with sundry equipment, and they were evidently camping. When asked about the trip these young men said: “Trouble-free up to now; she got us here and she’ll get us home.” Was that the opinion of youth or did the gallant old girl keep faith with them?
If they did manage it, they probably hold a composite record for 1962 involving the oldest car with the youngest crew, going farthest through most countries on the smallest b.h.p., with complete confidence and, I hope, still unsullied reliability.
If I were responsible for Austin car exports to the U.S.A., I would endeavour to prevail upon these youngsters to make a further journey say from New York to San Francisco and letting “Pinfinella” rest in Austin showrooms en route. Then maybe the Americans, like the Italians, will be able to chorus “Bella, Bella, Finfinella,” as they did at the top of the Zella.
I say “Bella,” indeed.