1933 Wolseley 21/60hp County Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 109/34 Engine no. 144A/84

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Lot 733
1933 Wolseley 21/60hp County Drophead Coupé
Registration no. AXG 653 Chassis no. 109/34 Engine no. 144A/84

£ 16,000 - 18,000
US$ 21,000 - 24,000
Amended
1933 Wolseley 21/60hp County Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Carlton

Registration no. AXG 653
Chassis no. 109/34
Engine no. 144A/84

Footnotes

  • This Wolseley 21/60hp was supplied new to one Malcolm Gordon Stewart by the noted London dealer, Eustace Watkins on 24th May 1933 and carries drophead coupé coachwork by The Carlton Carriage Company (the original delivery note is contained within the accompanying extensive file of history). There are several ownership changes recorded in the accompanying old-style buff logbook but it seems that they were within the family as Mr Stewart's solicitors, Abbot and Co, confirm in a letter (on file also). Ownership subsequently passed to the Honorio Jose Moschamp d'Assis Fonseca in July 1938 and the Wolseley immediately suffered an engine breakdown. It appears from correspondence with the AA, instigated by Mr Fonseca, that the car had not been well maintained and there is much correspondence between the AA, Bourdon Motors (the supplier) and Wolseley themselves, which appears to have been resolved with Bourdon paying for the repair.
    Mr Fonseca appears to have been a most fastidious gentleman who clearly wanted the car to be 'correct', and he embarked on refurbishing it to his obvious high standard, as the accompanying correspondence illustrates. It appears that just as the work was nearing completion war intervened (the accompanying tax disc and logbook confirm the car was never used after 1938). The odometer mileage total when viewed by Bonhams was under 40,000.
    It is believed that Mr Fonseca passed away in the late 1960s; indeed, he never drove a car after 31st January 1967 as his accompanying driving license confirms. It seems that around this time that the Wolseley, along with Mr Fonseca's three other cars, was involved in a garage fire and suffered some damage to its roof and bodywork. It appears to have been purchased by the previous owner, a restorer of older cars, sometime after this event.
    The current (third) private owner has owned the Wolseley for a number of years and has only recently set about returning it to the road. Aware of the car's history, he has embarked upon a sympathetic refurbishment, with the hood and upholstery re-trimmed in leather, some of the brightwork replaced, and a new radiator fitted. Rebuilt in 1938 prior to its lengthy period out of use, the engine started readily and displayed good oil pressure. Used regularly since initial testing in May, the car is currently MoT'd but prospective purchasers are advised that some further re-commissioning may well be required following such a lengthy period off the road. Handsomely finished in grey/Burgundy with Burgundy interior, 'AXG 653' is offered with current MoT/tax and SwanseaV5.

Saleroom notices

  • The registration number for this car is AGX653
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1933 Wolseley 21/60hp County Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 109/34 Engine no. 144A/84
1933 Wolseley 21/60hp County Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 109/34 Engine no. 144A/84
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