The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth,1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton  Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23

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1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton
Registration no. LC 9666 Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23

Sold for £ 29,325 (US$ 40,197) inc. premium
The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth
1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton
Registration no. LC 9666
Chassis no. X22
Engine no. 23

Footnotes

  • Probably the rarest of all surviving Wolseley light cars, this 5hp X-type has an outstanding history that embraces ownership by one of the greatest pre-war British racing drivers, Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, participation in a 1939 Brooklands motor race and also pre-war London to Brighton Runs, ownership by a noted Past President of The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, Francis Hutton-Stott, and also the curious tale of a model that almost disappeared from Wolseley's own records.

    The Wolseley Tool and Motor Co. had earned a fine reputation for their single and twin- cylinder models by 1905, their reputation having spread to all corners of The Empire, if not the world. It was not therefore surprising that they were commissioned that year by Birmingham Agents E & A Levetus & Co. to build a light car to the specific order of Indian Merchants Lalkaka & Co. of Calcutta. 52 cars were ordered and these were to have a 5hp engine placed amidships, driving through a two-speed gearbox with final drive by chain. Agent and customer had negotiated a keen price of just 105 guineas. Records are sparse but it is believed that 52 cars were built to this exclusive order, of which only 12 were despatched to the merchant in India. For whatever reason the merchant cancelled the order at this point and Wolseley were left with 40 cars of a model which had not been advertised or marketed to the general public. Perhaps considered a little dated by 1905/6, and probably following some lengthy legal wrangle with the customer, the remaining X-type models were offered for sale in 1906 on the instructions of Wolseley by The Motor House of Euston Road, London, each car furnished with a full Wolseley guarantee. It is believed that this car, chassis no. X22, is one of those cars. Furthermore it is believed to be one of only two surviving models of the 'Baby' X-type, the other known car being one of the cars which reached India and was returned to the UK in pieces in the 1960s.

    X22's remarkable history continues in 1929 or so when it was acquired at a sale at Earls Colne, Essex, for just fifteen shillings by the Shuttleworth family of Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, one of the earliest cars to form The Shuttleworth Collection, now maintained in memory of Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth (1909-1940), celebrated Grand Prix racing driver and veteran car enthusiast. The car was to take part in the embryonic London to Brighton Run during the ownership of Mrs. Dorothy Shuttleworth and her son in 1930, 1931, 1933 and 1934. In 1935 the Shuttleworths were to exchange the Wolseley for a 1899 Marot Gardon quadricycle, X22 at that time passing into the ownership of Francis Hutton-Stott, a stalwart of the then comparatively recently formed Veteran Car Club, and later to be its President. Francis Hutton-Stott was to enter the car in a race for veteran cars in 1939 at the last motor race meeting at Brooklands before the outbreak of war. Driven by C. Lindsey Nicholson in that event, X22 recorded a respectable average speed of 21.49mph and a fastest lap of 22.71mph. In post war years X22 was dated 1905 by The Veteran Car Club dating committee and Certificate no. 121 was allocated but never issued. X22 was subsequently owned by another VCC stalwart, Sam S.Kaye, and an O.Lee-Jones before passing into the motor car collection of motor dealers Kennings. It was sold by Kennings in 1970 at one of the celebrated Norman Cole sales at Alexandra Palace – listed then as four-cylinder model! Passing through two subsequent private owners – throughout this time maintaining its outstanding originality – X22 was acquired for restoration/preservation by veteran car driver and connoisseur, the late Peter Garner. A nut and bolt restoration of this well used car was embarked upon with maintaining originality a high priority. This restoration was largely complete at the time of Peter's untimely death. His restoration team have subsequently completed the restoration and the car has been test driven in private grounds. It will no doubt require the usual running adjustments when tested on the open road.

    X22 is presented in green livery with buttoned black leather upholstery and is equipped with Lucas 'King of the Road' No.724 oil sidelamps, brass rear view mirror, a Stepney wheel and tyre, new tyres and enjoys the benefit of a discreetly hidden electric self- starter. The original (unrestored) hood frame is offered with the car, as is a Swansea V5C registration document, a copy of a handbook for a similar period Wolseley, the 1970 Cole sale catalogue and a remarkable archive file containing much history of this rarest of rare Wolseley models.
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The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth,1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton  Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23
The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth,1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton  Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23
The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth,1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton  Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23
The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth,1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton  Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23
The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth,1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton  Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23
The ex-Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth,1905 Wolseley 'Baby' X-type 5hp Two-seater Phaeton  Chassis no. X22 Engine no. 23
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