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Herbert Austin was born in 1866 as son of a farmer and died in 1941 as Baron Austin of Longbridge. And he owed all to cars.
At the age of 39, after managing the Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company, Herbert Austin decided it was time to have its own carmaker and founded the Austin Motor Company at Longbridge. The first model Austin produced was a 5-litre four-cylinder with chain drive. On the first year, he sold 23 cars and on the following he raised the bar to 147.
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