Bonhams : Formerly the personal car of Lord Nuffield,1937 Wolseley Super Six 25 Series III Drophead Coupé Chassis no. 325/DHC/499 Engine no. OPEW3DHC3310
Formerly the personal car of Lord Nuffield,1937 Wolseley Super Six 25 Series III Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 325/DHC/499 Engine no. OPEW3DHC3310

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Lot 335
Formerly the personal car of Lord Nuffield, 1937 Wolseley Super Six 25 Series III Drophead Coupé
Registration no. DON 642 Chassis no. 325/DHC/499 Engine no. OPEW3DHC3310

Sold for £ 28,750 (US$ 37,067) inc. premium
Formerly the personal car of Lord Nuffield
1937 Wolseley Super Six 25 Series III Drophead Coupé
Registration no. DON 642
Chassis no. 325/DHC/499
Engine no. OPEW3DHC3310
Top of the range Wolseley in 1937 was the Super Six 25, a powerful and smooth six-cylinder engined car, displacing 3,485cc and rated at 25.01hp. The four-speed gearbox had synchromesh on second, third and top gears from October 1937, twin SU carburettors fuelled the powerful engine while semi-elliptic suspension and Luvax hydraulic shock absorbers provided superlative ride comfort. The Wolseley was indeed a high quality car with such features as Jackall permanent jacks, rear seat foot rests and picnic tables being standard features in their top of the range models. The most attractive two-door drophead coupé version, with its wind-up side windows and snug hood, twin auxiliary driving lamps and external trumpet horns, had the overall appearance and style of many significantly more expensive contemporaries.
This very special example, the Prototype model of the Series III Super Six, has a most distinguished history. At Christmas in 1937 this car was presented by the employees of Wolseley Motors Ltd to William Morris (by then Lord Nuffield). Each employee of the company had subscribed sixpence towards the £500 cost of the car, an indication of the esteem in which Morris was held. This top specification car, having been specially prepared for ‘the boss’, would actually have cost closer to £2,000. In 1964 this exceptionally original car was presented to Lord Montagu by Morris Motors Ltd. Although original in all major respects and generally sound, the car will benefit from attention to electrics and the gearbox is currently dismantled, requiring attention to wear in the lay shaft. This historic car, presented in black livery with beige leather upholstery, has not been driven for some time and will require careful recommissioning, although we are advised that the engine is running. It is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document.
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