Herbert Austin (1866-1941) formed his company in 1906 which was based at Longbridge, Birmingham. He was knighted in 1917. In 1922, he introduced the Austin 7 which had a 747cc engine and sold for just £167. This car was an immediate success and almost 300,000 were eventually manufactured. Built under licence in several other countries, this was the car that made the Austin brand famous. Austin remained a major British producer of cars for decades, merging with Morris in 1952 to form the British Motor Corporation. It was then part of British Leyland and finally, the Austin-Rover Group until 1989.