Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer  Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879

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Lot 512
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer
Registration no. YK 9434 Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879

£ 15,000 - 18,000
US$ 20,000 - 24,000
Amended
Property of a deceased's estate
1925 Wolseley Tourer
Registration no. YK 9434
Chassis no. 46004
Engine no. 187A/2879

Footnotes

  • Although long since departed, Wolseley was one of Britain's foremost makes throughout the Edwardian period and into the 1920s. The company had been founded by Irish-born Frederick York Wolseley in Sydney, Australia in 1887 to manufacture sheep-shearing equipment. Two years later a subsidiary was set up in Birmingham, England where works manager Herbert Austin added machine tools and bicycle components to the catalogue. Austin would be responsible for the first Wolseley motor car, a three-wheeler built on Léon Bollée lines in 1896. In 1901 the firm was taken over by the armaments manufacturer, Vickers Son & Maxim, and production moved to a new factory at Adderley Park, Birmingham.
    Early Wolseleys featured horizontal engines, but it was with the arrival of vertical-engined multi-cylinder cars in the Edwardian era that Wolseley earned its reputation for finely engineered, smooth and powerful transport. By this time Herbert Austin had left, his place being taken by John D Siddeley whose company - taken over by Wolseley in 1904 - had been making vertical-engined cars based on the French Peugeot. Siddeley forged ahead with an ever-expanding range of vertical-engined models, which for the next few years were marketed under the 'Wolseley-Siddeley' name, reverting to plain 'Wolseley' after Siddeley's departure in 1909.
    Wolseley's output had more then doubled under Siddeley's stewardship and the firm adopted a policy of diversification, manufacturing commercial vehicles, aero and marine engines, and the motorised sledges used by Captain Scott's Antarctic expeditions. By the outbreak of The Great War, Wolseley had become one of the UK's largest motor manufacturers with an annual output of some 2,000 cars, the bulk of which was made up of the popular medium-size 12/16 and 16/20hp four-cylinder models. Shells, aero engines and the SE5 fighter aircraft were manufactured during WWI and when hostilities ceased Wolseley returned to motor manufacturing with the pre-war 16/20, 24/30 and 30/40 pending the arrival of a new range of overhead-camshaft models.
    At the time of cataloguing it had not been possible positively to identify this Wolseley, which has a four-cylinder sidevalve engine and is believed to be either a 14/40hp or 16/35hp model. It is hoped that its identity will have been established by time of sale. 'YK 9434' is believed to have been used as a demonstrator by Wolseley's London distributors and is said to have carried a searchlight on the Isle of Wight during WW2. In more recent times the Wolseley has been owned by the founder of Caterham Cars, forming part of a large collection. Restored circa 1995 and unused for many years, it is described as running and in generally very good order. Sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with old-style logbook, sundry restoration invoices and Swansea V5.

Saleroom notices

  • Please see slightly revised description available on supplement sheet and on the car.
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer  Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer  Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer  Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer  Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer  Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879
Property of a deceased's estate,1925 Wolseley Tourer  Chassis no. 46004 Engine no. 187A/2879
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