Meet Two Austin Partners: Cold Start

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One of the little things in life that brings me unreasonable glimmers of joy is this: finding people and cars that share a name. And I’m pleased to report that it’s happened again this very morning, when I found out that the car we know variously as the Austin Mini, Morris Mini-Minor, Austin Se7en, Austin/Morris 850, but mostly as just the Mini, was also known as the Austin Partner. Well, mostly just in Denmark, but still. And yes, there is at least one person named Austin Partner.

The human Austin Partner was born in 1871 and is best known for the very last thing he did: dying when the Titanic sank. Here’s a letter he sent to his wife just after the Titanic set off:

I HAVE GOT A MOST COMFORTABLE ROOM & AND THE SHIP IS QUITE THE MOST LUXURIOUS I HAVE BEEN ON, I HOPE SHE WILL GET THERE QUICKLY. WE NEARLY COLLIDED WITH A LINER COMING OUT OF SOUTHAMPTON – THE NEW YORK. SHE WAS MOORED CLOSE TO WHERE WE PASSED & BROKE AWAY FROM HER MOORING, WAS ONLY ABOUT 3 FT OFF US SUCH A SHAVE I WAS AFRAID WE SHOULD HAVE TO GO BACK WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN MADDENING.

Oh, Austin, you’re gonna wish it was just maddening, my man.

This does remind me of another car/person name matchup, one that remains my favorite, Lloyd Alexander. I wrote about this one for The Old Site way back when, and even made this chart, which I’m just gonna stick here because for some reason that article is always hard to Google:

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(image credit: me, in the past)

 

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30 Responses

  1. I am pretty sure this article should have included the Jensen Healey. Two family car dynasties combining to form one failure using both their names.
    But really for a car site that I LOVE, that claims to be all about little known makes and models i am surprised how the DDs I drove dont appear that often. Yeah we get a lot of Vdubs and such but here is a list of my rare now DDs
    1. AMC Javelin i dont remember any mention
    2. AMC Hornet saw a mention recently in AMC cars made.
    3. Isuzu I Mark or Chevy Spectrum during the small car combination
    4. Isuzu Vehicross. The best and one of the first CUVs ever made. 20 years later could pass as modern but crickets.
    5. Isuzu Amigo- a better version of the GEO and GM small SUV.
    6. The aforementioned Jensen Healey- a MG with a Lotus Motor. Real sports car but no mention.
    Now i am not saying none of these have never been mentioned but given the rare cars mentioned 2 or 3 times a week I suggest lets think outside the box and include other rare makes and models. Instead of the same 10.

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