1922 Wolseley E3 Doctors Coupe
Lot 209
1922 Wolseley 10hp Doctor's Coupé Chassis no. 32413 Engine no. 4783/2657
Sold for £7,820 (US$ 13,144) inc. premium
Lot Details
1922 Wolseley 10hp Doctor's Coupé
Registration no. NO 6820
Chassis no. 32413
Engine no. 4783/2657


  • Although long since departed, Wolseley was one of Britain's foremost makes throughout the Edwardian period and into the 1920s. The company had been founded by Irish-born Frederick York Wolseley in Sydney, Australia in 1887 to manufacture sheep-shearing equipment. Two years later a subsidiary was set up in Birmingham, England where works manager Herbert Austin would be responsible for the first Wolseley motor car, a three-wheeler built on Léon Bollée lines, in 1896.
    Early Wolseleys featured horizontal engines, but it was with the arrival of vertical-engined multi-cylinder cars in the Edwardian era that Wolseley earned its reputation for finely engineered, smooth and powerful transport. By this time Herbert Austin had left, his place being taken by John D Siddeley whose company - taken over by Wolseley in 1904 - had been making vertical-engined cars based on the French Peugeot. Siddeley forged ahead with an ever-expanding range of vertical-engined models, which for the next few years were marketed under the 'Wolseley-Siddeley' name, reverting to plain 'Wolseley' after Siddeley's departure in 1909.
    During WWI, Wolseley manufactured Hispano-Suiza aero engines under licence, the overhead-camshaft valve gear of which inspired its earliest post-war introductions, the four-cylinder 10hp and 15hp models, added to the range for 1920. These advanced OHC engines were soon being used for racing, setting class records at Brooklands, where a Wolseley 15hp took the 1922 'Double Twelve' record outright at an average speed of 80mph.
    This 10hp Wolseley has been owned by the vendor's father since 1991, benefiting from a reconditioned radiator and magneto plus some work on the running boards. For the most part it has been kept garaged on axle stands and largely untouched apart from the engine being turned over on the starting handle. Offered in need of re-commissioning and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with instruction/parts manuals, record book, Swansea V5 document, old-style buff logbook (issued 1953) listing two previous owners Mrs Daisy Lewis-Evans and Thomas James Tilling, with correspondence from the second of them.

Saleroom notices

  • This car is believed to be the de-luxe version of the Doctor's Coupe, also one of the previous owners of this car Daisy Lewis-Evans is believed to be the mother of famed 1950s racing driver Stuart Lewis-Evans. Please note we do not have the record book on file, we do however have a copy of the car record.
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