1904 Wolseley 6hp Two-seater Restoration Project  Engine no. 217/6

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Lot 174
1904 Wolseley 6hp Two-seater Restoration Project
Registration no. AJ 148 (See below) Engine no. 217/6

Sold for £ 38,900 (US$ 47,728) inc. premium
1904 Wolseley 6hp Two-seater Restoration Project
Registration no. AJ 148 (See below)
Engine no. 217/6

Footnotes

  • Herbert Austin of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. designed the first Wolseley prototype in 1895 and an improved model in 1897, but it was not until 1899 that the first really successful model was produced, a 3 1/2hp four wheeler. It was such a model that participated in the Thousand Miles Trial of 1900, confirming Wolseley to be a serious player in the infant British motor industry. The 6hp Wolseley of 1904 was conventional in most respects, featuring a forward mounted, horizontal, single-cylinder engine with bore and stroke of 4 1/2 in x 5 in. Final drive was provided by central chain and its most popular guise was a two-seater configuration.

    This car was acquired in substantially complete condition, but requiring restoration, from a collector in West Yorkshire. At the time of acquisition the vendor advised that this car had previously been registered AJ 148, however he had not applied for registration, the restoration being incomplete. A copy of the Register of Motor Cars for the North Riding of Yorkshire County Council was provided showing that AJ 148 was allocated on 11th April 1904 to a 6hp two-seater Wolseley registered in the name of the Rev. Arnold Thewlis Thompson of Ripon Road, Harrogate. A restoration was commenced in the Ward Brothers’ workshop, much mechanical work being completed including the casting of a new radiator, manufacture of a replacement copper fuel tank, gearbox wear was addressed and a new clutch assembly manufactured, amongst much other work. Some of this work has yet to be finally machined and refitted to the car. The coachwork was reupholstered in red leather to a particularly high standard, the body repaired as necessary and new wings made to the original pattern. This car is believed to be substantially complete in all major respects, however prospective buyers should note that the car is sold strictly as seen and they must therefore must make their own assessment as to completeness. The finished car will be eligible for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, V.C.C. Singles & Twins rallies and so many other events. It comes with the aforementioned photocopy of an extract from the North Riding Register of Motor Cars which should enable application for registration to be made. The current V.C.C. Members Handbook records Dating Certificate No.1600 attributable to this car.
1904 Wolseley 6hp Two-seater Restoration Project  Engine no. 217/6
1904 Wolseley 6hp Two-seater Restoration Project  Engine no. 217/6
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