The ex Gore-Booth family,1910 Wolseley-Siddeley 16/20hp Rotonde Phaeton  Chassis no. 11019 Engine no. 37/447

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Lot 717
The ex Gore-Booth family, 1910 Wolseley-Siddeley 16/20hp Rotonde Phaeton
Registration no. O 4578 Chassis no. 11019 Engine no. 37/447

Sold for £ 38,900 (US$ 50,609) inc. premium
The ex Gore-Booth family
1910 Wolseley-Siddeley 16/20hp Rotonde Phaeton
Registration no. O 4578
Chassis no. 11019
Engine no. 37/447

Footnotes

  • Following Herbert Austin’s departure from Wolseley, the company focused on developing a range of highly successful, vertical-engined motor cars of both four and six-cylinder configurations. Col. J.D. Siddeley had joined the Wolseley board at around this time and the cars became known as Wolseley-Siddeleys, although they were commonly referred to by the abbreviated name of Siddeley.

    This car was bought new in May 1910 by Sir Jocelyn Gore-Booth of that famous Sligo family. His sister, the fiery Countess Markievicz, enjoyed the distinction of being the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament. The Gore-Booths were part of the Yeats ‘set’ and it is highly likely that the noted dramatist William Butler Yeats, drove in this car on his many visits to the magnificent Georgian Gore-Booth home, Lissadell House. The car saw long service with the Gore-Booth family and early in its life was equipped with electric lighting by C.A. Vandervell & Co. Ltd. of London, while the fully detachable steel artillery wheels with wider section tyres were fitted to the car in 1925. It was clearly a reliable workhorse, having served through the war years and the greater part of the 1920’s in the Gore-Booth family. Prior to the Lucey family ownership from April 1970 the car was owned by Wolseley enthusiast, Knolly Stokes, and was on display at the Blarney Motor Museum in County Cork.

    The Rotonde Phaeton coachwork is presented in blue livery with black mudguards with Old Gold lining. Fittings throughout are nickel and the car is furnished with black leather, diamond-pleated upholstery. It is equipped with Trier & Martin electric headlamps, Lucas 726 oil side lamps and a rear view mirror, while further driving equipment includes a running board-mounted spare wheel, a tool box on the nearside running board and the dashboard is equipped with a 0-60mph speedometer and eight-day clock. Passenger comforts are afforded by a two-piece folding windscreen and a superb hood. CAV electrical equipment is provided with a facility for dual ignition and a practical modification from standard is the fitting of an electric starter. This car has been recorded with the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain since 1961 and is offered with a VCC Dating Certificate no.963. It is not currently registered in the U.K.
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