1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64

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Lot 539
539,1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton
Registration no. G 2760 Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64

Sold for £ 52,100 (US$ 68,440) inc. premium
539
1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton
Registration no. G 2760
Chassis no. 10756
Engine no. 183/64

Footnotes

  • The complex family tree of Wolseley, Siddeley, Wolseley-Siddeley and Siddeley-Deasy has been chronicled many times and becomes no less confusing for the telling. Herbert Austin, who had been with Wolseley from the beginning of their motor car manufacture, favoured horizontal engines but met certain resistance from the Wolseley board and this was the reason that he left Wolseley to set up his own company. Following Austin's departure Wolseley developed a range of vertical-engined cars of both four and six-cylinder configurations which were hugely successful.

    Col. J D Siddeley had joined the Wolseley board at around this time and the cars became known as Wolseley-Siddeleys or, more commonly, just Siddeleys. The Wolseley-Siddeley marque was part of the giant Vickers, Sons & Maxim empire and Vickers engineering was of course of the highest quality, right up with Napier, Lanchester and indeed Rolls-Royce. Wolseley-Siddeleys were the choice of the middle classes and of royalty, Queen Alexandra among others favouring the marque.

    By 1910 Siddeley had departed from Wolseley and once again the cars were marketed simply under the Wolseley banner. The A3 12/16hp model became the A4 for 1911 with an RAC horsepower rating of 15.6hp. The four-cylinder side-valve engine was conventional in every way with thermo-syphon cooling and magneto ignition. Drive was through a three-speed and reverse gearbox with multi-disc clutch and shaft drive to an underslung worm-drive rear axle. Wolseley mainly built their own coachwork although would supply their cars in chassis form only if requested. This car is fitted with Wolseley's own Touring Phaeton coachwork in a style common from 1908 onwards, although by 1911 a side door to the passenger side and panel to the driver's side at the front were standard.

    This car, with body no.5803, has a recorded build date of 8th November 1910 and was despatched from the factory on 1st April 1911. It was sold new through Wolseley's Glasgow agents, H. Prosser of 98 Hope Street, and first registered with Glasgow Town Council. Remarkably it was still on the road in 1929, then registered as a Four-seat Hackney with Glasgow Burgh Council. Its later history is not documented until post war years when it was acquired for the collection of John Sword at East Balgray Farm, Ayrshire. In 1965 it was sold at the final dispersal sale of that collection and later passed into the Sharpe Family Collection, dispersed at auction in 2005. It is thought that during ownership in the Sword and Sharpe Collections the car covered minimal mileage. Acquired by a Wolseley aficionado from the Sharpe Collection, G 2760 was gently recommissioned and restored to running order while conserving the car's exceptional originality. We feel that much of the paint and all of the upholstery with the exception of the seat bases is the original.

    This time warp and exceptionally handsome Edwardian motor car is generously equipped with Bleriot of Paris acetylene headlamps, Lucas King of the Road oil side lamps and rear lamp, a two-piece folding cranked windscreen and a most practical hood. The nearside running board carries a mahogany battery box while the offside running board has a spare wheel carrier and a Lucas King of the Road acetylene generator. Fittings throughout are brass.

    The car is VCC dated (Certificate no.2501), and comes with some previous history including copies of extracts from the Sword and Sharpe sale catalogues. It is Swansea registered and we are told drives well, having completed very little mileage since an MoT carried out in 2007. The car starts readily on the coil however we are advised that the magneto may need attention. New tyres have been fitted in recent years.

    Cars of such outstanding originality and integrity are becoming increasingly rare and this car, although well capable of participating in road events, warrants also the most careful conservation.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the spare tyre mounted on the scuttle which is illustrated in the catalogue, is not present with the car.
539,1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64
539,1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64
539,1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64
539,1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64
1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64
539,1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64
539,1911 Wolseley 12/16hp Type A4 2,235cc Touring Phaeton  Chassis no. 10756 Engine no. 183/64
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