The World’s Smallest American Austin

To start off, there is some assembly required here.  However, wouldn’t you love the chance to own one of the world’s smallest American Austins?  At 1:144 scale, this car is compatible with some N gauge models.

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Click here to see the  World’s smallest American Austin

Personally, the first thought I had when seeing this was “Wouldn’t this make a very cool Buster Keaton diorama?”  Perhaps something representing the Austin’s role in the 1931 Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath.

All you need is a correct style N gauge locomotive, like this one: N Gauge Locomotive. You may need some patience and skill as well, but the result will be worth it.  I’d love to have one of these, but lately, I haven’t even had time to work on my own car.

Which scene would you want to recreate?  I would think it depends on how much your like the Austin that day.



On a good day.


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One which is less then stellar, but still okay.



Or the type of day where our best accomplishment is remaining on the sunny side of the ground…

As a side note, that car was hit by a train and the cowl still looks straighter than the one on my Austin.  How hard did that tree in 1949?


Although stylish, no Austin should have such noticeable curve on the dash rail.

Buster Keaton: American Austin Afficionado

On eBay today, there is a period photo of Buster Keaton in his American Austin roadster.  This is most likely the car which met an untimely demise as a result of a run in with a locomotive.  Here the car looks quite nice, and a lot of the factory detail work on the car is visible.  As an 8 x 10 photo, this is a substantial item to add to your collection.  A neat thing about this photo is the car is clearly an important part of it.  On the other end of the spectrum, there is something about Joan Peers’ eyes that have insured that I will not be bidding on this otherwise great photo.  (I don’t like the concept of being stared down by a photograph…)

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Buster Keaton and Joan Peers in a very new American Austin Roadster circa 1931

Click here to bid: Buster Keaton with an American Austin Roadster Sold for: 76.00