The British Motor Museum is to host a brand new exhibition – Small car. Big history: 100 years of the Austin Seven’ which will open on 22 July to mark a century of the small car that made such a big impact. From its launch in 1922, the exhibition will explore the impact that it’s had over the past 100 years.

Through the seven special cars selected in the exhibition, ‘Small car. Big history’ will take visitors on a journey from the Austin Seven's conception in a pre-war Britain. The little Austin’s influence across the world will be illustrated using the museum’s collection of archive materials and objects. Visitors can discover how the Austin Seven transformed travel and leisure as the motor for the millions and how Austin’s marketing material showcased its wide appeal at the time. They can also explore the racing heritage of the Austin Seven, with one of only two surviving Austin Seven twin-cam racers on display.

Uncover the global reach of this little car that changed the world and its ties to countries like Germany and Japan, as well as other UK manufacturers like Lotus and Jaguar. Other cars featured in the exhibition include a very early 1923 Austin Seven Chummy tourer, as well as a later model 1938 Austin Seven Ruby – showcasing the car over its production run.

Part of a series of events that the Museum is participating in over the summer to mark this great milestone, the exhibition will run from 22 July 2022 until the summer of 2023 and has been made possible by the funding of Arts Council England.

Museum entry is £40 for a family in advance or £44 on the day, £14.50 for adults in advance or £16 on the day, £12.50 for concessions in advance or £14 on the day, £9 for children (5-16 years) in advance or £10 on the day and under 5s are FREE. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost. To find out more information about the exhibition visit

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