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The origins of Wolseley as an automobile brand was in about 1895-96 when a young Herbert Austin, then employed as a works manager at Wolseley Sheep Shearing Company became interested in engines and automobiles. Between 1895 and 1900 Austin came up with several three and four wheel designs but it wasn't until 1901 when the first cars were actually sold to the public. Austin ran the Wolseley Company for a short time before resigning to form his own concern, the Austin Motor Company in 1905. Wolseley then purchased the Siddeley Autocar Company. The marque was named Wolseley-Siddeley after the Company merge but only lasted until 1910 when the founder resigned. The Company officially became the Wolseley Motor Company in 1914.
In 1937 the Wolseley Super Six was classed as the top of the range model. It was a smooth, powerful, six cylinder car displacing 3485cc and rated at 25.01 H.P. With a four speed gearbox with syncomesh on second, third and fourth gears, this powerful, luxerious and top quality car offered ultimate comfort and quality for passengers.
This outstanding example has spent many years in South Africa and is likely to have been a Colonial export model. The Wolseley was brought back to the UK in the mid 1990's and was subject of a major full body off restoration. A photographic record is with the history detailing the extent of the rebuild. The condition is exceptional and the car has had no expense spared. The 25 H.P car has covered little under 10,000 miles since completion and is outstanding to drive with a fabulous engine and gearbox. The black paintwork gleams with the delightful chrome and the re-trimmed leather upholstery is outstanding. Since restoration the Wolseley has participated in shows and events and is worthy of any collection.
Cavalcade, November 27, 1937 Wolseley launch advert
Wolseley, the Trustworthy car
"Polish the back of your boots as well as the part that is seen," said a famous headmaster. He knew how character is built. And that's true of everything - cars as well as man.
You see the sheet-metal painted to look like wood. But not on Wolseley cars. Where wood is needed, good timber and the finest of veneers are used. Where rubber is wanted (for water joints, bonnet stops and so forth) Wolseley put real tree rubber and not asbestos dust bonded with some bitumenstic gubbins. Seat cushions are of real leather, upholstery of real leather, upholstery of real grown hair and not some strange ersatz chemical compound. Honest materials and workmanship cost a little more. Yes; but you get back in dozens of ways every time you use your Wolseley plus a substantial bonus when you sell it. Besides, you feel your car has character and has been built for you by people who value these things in the same way you do......
"Anyway he told me that he is very satisfy with car and in this season he plans to go on more oldtimer event in Slovakia, Hungaria a Czech republic.My self as mediator of this deal I felt from the begining that..."
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