1921 Wolseley 20hp 3.9 litre Landaulette  Chassis no. 36326 Engine no. 166A 2548

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Lot 281
1921 Wolseley 20hp 3.9 litre Landaulette
Registration no. PB 8779 (see below) Chassis no. 36326 Engine no. 166A 2548

Sold for £ 20,987 (US$ 27,305) inc. premium
1921 Wolseley 20hp 3.9 litre Landaulette
Registration no. PB 8779 (see below)
Chassis no. 36326
Engine no. 166A 2548
Wolseley were pioneers in the field of motor car development in the United Kingdom, building their first four-wheel car as early as 1899, their technical design initially being steered by Herbert Austin. Later their cars were sold as Wolseley-Siddeleys and their top range models found Royal patronage. Their pre-Great War 24/30hp six-cylinder models ranked in quality with Napier and Rolls-Royce and when hostilities had concluded and the Works reverted to motor car production, a 20hp six-cylinder model was top of the range. In Wolseley’s York St., Westminster showrooms in 1921 the chassis alone retailed for £1,050.
This factory-bodied landaulette was acquired for the Lips Collection in 1969 from Stevensons Motors of Mayfield, Sussex, possibly via a V.C.C./N.R. Cole Auction. The car is presented in dark blue over black livery with deep-buttoned black leather to the chauffeur’s compartment, (some of it original), and cord upholstery to the rear which is well appointed with removable, swivel, occasional seats, drop-down carriage style windows to division and doors and rear side windows and chauffeur’s speaking tube system (part complete). Brightwork is finished in nickel throughout and accessories include C.A.V. bell-shaped head and sidelamps, electric klaxon, Lucas dash clock and Watford 0-60mph speedometer. The car is equipped with wooden artillery wheels, off-side mounted spare wheel and rear luggage grid. The six-cylinder engine, fuelled by a S.U. carburettor and ‘sparked’ by a B.L.I.C. magneto, drives through a four-speed gearbox. This car was first registered with Surrey County Council and it may be possible to recover the original registration with the assistance of the Wolseley Register who hold detailed early sales records. Following a period of museum display this delightful early vintage landaulette will reward careful recommissioning.
1921 Wolseley 20hp 3.9 litre Landaulette  Chassis no. 36326 Engine no. 166A 2548
1921 Wolseley 20hp 3.9 litre Landaulette  Chassis no. 36326 Engine no. 166A 2548
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