1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930

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Lot 1227
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry
Registration no. LE 5470 Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 29,104) inc. premium
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry
Registration no. LE 5470
Chassis no. 630
Engine no. 1930

Footnotes

  • In 1911, with the threat of war with Germany looming, Britain's Secretary for War announced to the House of Commons that he was contemplating replacing horses with motor traction on a large scale. One result of this decision was a scheme introduced in 1912 under which purchasers of specified types of motor lorries were paid an annual subsidy of £110 to maintain them in sound mechanical order, the condition being that they would be impressed into the Army on the outbreak of war.

    The criteria of the scheme were very precise: two classes of lorry were specified, "A" (3-ton capacity) and "B" (30-cwt capacity), with minimum cylinder bore dimensions of 110mm and 100mm respectively. There were exact specifications for engine design, control layout and petrol consumption, while the requirements for chassis equipment were equally precise, specifying such items as towing hooks front and rear and standardised front wheel bearings, all in the interests of ease of maintenance in the field. Transmissions had to have a four-speed gearbox with a standard gate and a double-reduction rear axle.

    Among the makes that qualified under the scheme was Wolseley, which was part of the Vickers, Sons & Maxim arms group whose super-salesman was the enigmatic Basil Zaharoff, "The Armaments King". Their Subsidy Scheme lorries were first seen at the July 1913 Commercial Vehicle Exhibition at Olympia, at which Wolseley introduced the 20/28-hp CL-Type for Class B and the 35-hp CR-Type, rated at 60/70-cwt, powered by an 8522cc bi-block four-cylinder engine, for Class A.

    The CR-Type represented an entirely new design, and was, stated the Commercial Motor magazine, "distinctly of a type which has been designed specially for the War Office and similar conditions."

    This particular CR Type is believed to be the only surviving example of a Wolseley commercial chassis and, having survived the war, was converted to forward control and fitted with a caravan body in the mid-1920s. It lay derelict for many years before being acquired by Best Brothers of Hockley, Essex, who returned it to its original configuration and first showed it as a restored chassis carried on a flatbed truck at the 1963 London-Brighton Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally. The following year it took part as a fully restored vehicle, completing the entire run under its own power.

    The Wolseley was later acquired by a Mr D. Akehurst of Gillingham, Kent, from whom Michael Banfield bought it in the early 1980s.

    One of very few World War One Subsidy Scheme lorries to have survived, this authentically-restored vehicle will surely be in great demand for the many Great War commemoration events that will take place over the next four years.
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1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
1913 Wolseley CR-Type Lorry   Chassis no. 630 Engine no. 1930
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