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We are delighted to offer this stunning, rare Wolseley 18/80 Salon De Ville onto the market. This is a wonderfully presented, high quality luxury pre-war Saloon that has superb history and provenance. The extensive history file tells us the cars first owner, a Mr Douglas of the Scottish Borders took the night Pullman train to Birmingham to collect the car from the factory when new, driving it all the way back home to Scotland on its first outing. The next landmark for the car was in 1950, when it won first prize in the ‘Concours d’Elegance’ in the Oliver’s Auction Market in Hawick, photograph enclosed in the history file. In 1950 the car was purchased by a later owners Uncle who by 1969 had stopped using the car due to ill health and it was left for some time abandoned on a farm. It was at this point the nephew took on ownership, but it wasn’t until 1979 the car was stripped down to the bare chassis in preparation for its restoration.
The bare chassis was cleaned, all parts re-conditioned or replaced, the engine was stripped down and rebuilt with re-ground crankshaft, new pistons, new main and big end bearings, a new wiring harness was made and the car built back up ready for use. The budget did not stretch to paintwork and interior work, but by 1981 the car was in exceptional mechanical condition, passed its MOT with flying colours and then used for daily driving for the next two years. The Wolseley was then laid up again and in 1990 the owner sold the car as by then he needed the garage space. During the early to mid 1990's the Wolseley was treated to further restoration work including a bare metal re-paint, new interior, various re-chroming work and mechanical re-commissioning to include rebuilding the cylinder head. Since the second phase of restoration works, our Wolseley has covered around 8000 miles, it was regularly on the show circuit during the 1990's and did pick up silverware. More recent years has seen the 18/80 used on various filmsets playing a part in the BBC drama ‘Philomena', ‘The Bletchley Circle II' and in 2014 the car played a prominent role in ‘Dad's Army', a photo of Catherine Zeta Jones in the car is present in the history file. With just an extensive history its clear this Wolseley has been a much loved, cherished car and its now ready for its next chapter.
TFF 693 is an outstanding car to drive and reading an original Autocar Road test, we can see that it was indeed an exceptional car when built new. Whilst giving the impression of a solid, quiet and smooth-running motor car, we can quote Autocar in saying that the Wolseley Motor Company ‘produced something exceptional'. They went onto say its measured performance shows up very creditably, it is responsive on the road, it handles well, is thoroughly comfortable, roomy, and a well-equipped vehicle of handsome appearance and very good finish. There was no doubt the Wolseley 18/80 in it's day was found to be a fast, tractable car which was compact in the sense that it's wasn't too heavy for economical running, yet it had at the same time a broad, low floored saloon body giving generous room for five adults. Over 70 years later, this ‘exceptional' motor car now offers a comfortable, usable, powerful and luxurious motoring experience where its performance and power are far more advanced than its pre-war Saloon looks.
This rare and interesting Wolseley 18/80 has arrived with us from Wales in lovely condition. It has now nicely aged since its cosmetic work during the 1990's, the paint work still retains a lovely deep shine, the body is in excellent condition, brightwork is of a high standard and the upholstery is stunning with beautifully aged Grey leather, fabulous woodwork and a stunning wool headlining. The car has a real presence and is equally as impressive on the road with a lovely, strong, powerful engine, smooth gearbox and wonderful handling and general performance. This is a very special car, its ultra-usable, has proven reliability and offers ideal pre-war motoring for the family with performance, luxury and reliability well beyond its years.