1932 Wolseley Hornet Saloon  Chassis no. 88960 Engine no. 8166A

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Lot 394
1932 Wolseley Hornet Saloon
Registration no. 539 UXE Chassis no. 88960 Engine no. 8166A

£ 2,200 - 2,500
US$ 2,900 - 3,300
1932 Wolseley Hornet Saloon
Registration no. 539 UXE
Chassis no. 88960
Engine no. 8166A

Footnotes

  • Although its image in later years became ever more difficult to distinguish from that of other makes within the British Motor Corporation, in the early 1930s Wolseley occupied the front rank of British sportscars alongside MG, Riley and Frazer Nash. The single model responsible was the Wolseley Hornet. Introduced in 1930, the Hornet deployed Wolseley’s bevel-driven, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine in a lengthened Morris Minor chassis. Its power-to-weight ratio was exemplary among contemporary 1.3-litre cars, the smooth and flexible six pulling from walking pace to more than 60mph. The model was revised for 1932 with a shortened, chain-driven, overhead-cam engine (repositioned to improve cabin space) and a four-speed ‘silent third’ gearbox. Increased performance was offered by the twin-carburettor Hornet Special, and the latter chassis rapidly became that of choice for the multitude of independent coachbuilders already using the Hornet as the basis for a sporting two-seater.
    ‘539 UXE’ is reported as in need of restoration, mainly to the woodwork and interior, or alternatively would be ideally suitable for conversion to a Hornet special. The car is stated as being in running order, while benefiting from a new radiator, exhaust and a battery. A potentially most rewarding project whether restored or converted, the car is offered with old-style logbook, owner’s manual, Swansea V5 document and two books on Wolseley maintenance.
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