1904 Wolseley C6 6hp Two-Seater  Chassis no. V45 Engine no. 13/2254

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Lot 231
1904 Wolseley C6 6hp Two-Seater
Registration no. T1058 Chassis no. V45 Engine no. 13/2254

Sold for £ 24,150 (US$ 31,419) inc. premium
1904 Wolseley C6 6hp Two-Seater
Registration no. T1058
Chassis no. V45
Engine no. 13/2254
Herbert Austin of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. designed the first Wolseley prototype in 1895, an improved model appeared in 1897, but it was not until 1899 that the first really successful model was produced, a 3 1/2hp four wheeler. It was such a model that participated in the Thousand Miles Trial of 1900, confirming Wolseley to be a serious player in the infant British motor industry. The 6hp Wolseley of 1904 was conventional in most respects, featuring a forward mounted, horizontal, six-cylinder engine with bore and stroke of 4 1/2 in x 5 in. Final drive was provided by central chain and its most popular guise was a two seater configuration. Cooling was provided by distinctive gilled tubes wrapped around the bonnet. One present day regular user of a 1904 6hp Wolseley sagely describes the model as "the Mini-Cooper of Brighton cars".
This car has been well known in Veteran Car Club circles for over half a century and was officially dated by that Club in 1952. For over 30 years the car has been part of a major British private collection and during that time has been actively campaigned on the London to Brighton Run and in other veteran car events. Rally plaques on the dashboard confirm active participation in events in the South West of England in the 1950’s and testimony to some of the many Brighton Runs completed include three medals from 1952, 1954 and 1958. The car, a mature restoration, is presented in maroon livery with old gold and black coachlining and the two bucket seats are upholstered in pleated brown leather. It is equipped with Lucas oil side lamps, a centre-mounted, Lucas acetylene headlamp, a brass rear view mirror and horn, umbrella basket, Dependence rear lamp and carries a V.C.C. Dating Plate. This attractive English Brighton car is offered with a V.C.C. Dating Certificate, current licence and MoT and a Swansea V5 registration document.
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