1912 Wolseley 16/20hp Open Drive Landaulette
Chassis number: 16229
Registration Number: AC2852
An exraordinary survivor from bygone days & in museum quality original condition. This Wolseley 16/20hp has been in the current ownership for decades & only come to market due the advancing years of its current custodian.
In recent years it may have been spotted gently perabulatiing along Welsh B roads including some steep mountain grades. Its cruising speed, being a high geared town car is a comfortable 45mph on the flat.
Simply put: the car is a time warp. The interior is predominately grey Bedford cord with brocade & lace work accents. A useful occasional seat folds from the bulkhead allowing for a lady in waiting to accompany the rear occupants. Being a Landaulette the rear roof folds easily open for alfresco motoring after releasing the three latches & breaking the pram irons. To the front is patinated buttoned black leather along with a brush doormat underfoot.
Paint is patinated navy blue with black wings & all detail lines are picked out in red. It is older paint but beautifully patinated, very presentable & to change it would be a retrograde step. All original instrumentation is in place on the dash board along with assorted plaques attesting to places it has been shown over the years & rallies it has attneded, the earliest being from 1957.
The car is adorned with all the usual features one expects to find on a conveyance of this age. Beautiful & valuable nickel headlamps are fitted along with matching side lamps. A Parp Parp bulb type trumpet horn protrudes through the bulkhead. The top of the car is equipped with a roof rack to carry luggage & would be well suited to a selection of battered perdiod leather suit cases trunks & hat boxes to complete the ensemble.
Mechanically the car is utterly reliable with the only failure to proceed in the last 20 years baing down to an exploding beaded edge tyre; a situation quickly remedied by recourse to the running board mounted spare. The car comes with assorted papers including the original manufacturers brochure showing a similar model as new.
The engine is a 4 cylinder unit of a little over 3 litres. It starts readily on the handle & pulls well. The last owner, a railway engineer by profession has maintinaed the car well & done lots of preventative maintenance over the years such as dismantling inspecting & replacing assorted internals as required on engine & rear axle.
This is a car what woud do well in the preservation category at Pebble Beach & would be a suitable entrant for other events such as the Villa D'Este Concours etc.
Please Call Richard Biddulph for details. 0044 7967 260673
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