1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 1501 Engine no. 17989 30 BT

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Lot 271
1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette
Registration no. A 1972 (see below) Chassis no. 1501 Engine no. 17989 30 BT

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 44,885) inc. premium
1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette
Coachwork by Hooper & Co. Ltd

Registration no. A 1972 (see below)
Chassis no. 1501
Engine no. 17989 30 BT
The complex family tree of Wolseley, Siddeley, Wolseley-Siddeley and Siddeley-Deasy has been chronicled many times and becomes no less confusing for the telling. Herbert Austin, who had been with Wolseley from the beginning of their motor car manufacture, favoured horizontal engines but met certain resistance from the Wolseley board and left to set up his own company. Following Austin’s departure Wolseley developed a range of vertical-engined cars of both four and six-cylinder configurations. Col. J D Siddeley had joined the Wolseley board and the cars became known as Wolseley-Siddeleys, a marque favoured by Queen Alexandra.
This rarest of all 18hp model carries open drive landaulette coachwork by Hooper & Co., “Coachbuilders to H.M. The King, H.R.H. Prince of Wales and H.I.M. The German Emperor.” Detailed coachwork features include a rear tool locker, battery box on nearside running board, two-piece mahogany-framed opening windscreen, drop-down windows to division and rear doors with ‘railway carriage’ straps, rear window blinds, ornate pasting lace-trimmed, red leather upholstery to the rear, with map pouches, vanity unit and vase holder, silk sling pulls and ivory/bone handles. The coat of arms on the rear doors suggests previous noble ownership, befitting coachwork of such evident quality. Accessories include Lucas Duplex ‘King of the Road’ self-contained, acetylene headlamps, Lucas oil sidelamps and a later period ‘Boa Constrictor’ horn, chauffeur’s speaking tube (incomplete), six dashboard oilers, a Smiths 0-60mph speedometer and a fuel pressure gauge. The four-cylinder engine, with blocks cast in pairs and dual ignition, drives through a four-speed gearbox with shaft final drive. The car appears to have been previously U.K. registered A 1972, a London issue, and was acquired for the collection in 1973 from a previous owner in Kent. Wolseley Register records may assist in application for re-issue of the original registration number. It has not appeared in V.C.C. Car Lists in the last 50 or so years and will be a most practical and powerful ‘new’ tour car for that club’s more challenging events. Sympathetic restoration will be required in all areas to restore this most distinguished car to its original Edwardian glory.

Saleroom notices

  • We are advised that the registration number A 1972 has previously been allocated to another car and that number will not therefore be available for this Wolseley-Siddeley. We feel however that there should be no difficulty in obtaining a suitable age-related registration number upon application to the Swansea authorities.
1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 1501 Engine no. 17989 30 BT
1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 1501 Engine no. 17989 30 BT
1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 1501 Engine no. 17989 30 BT
1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 1501 Engine no. 17989 30 BT
1906 Wolseley-Siddeley 18hp 3.3 litre Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 1501 Engine no. 17989 30 BT
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