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Lot 109: Wolseley Ten Sports

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

One of Britains earliest car producers, Wolseley actually started off in life producing sheep-shearing equipment! For many years it was run by none other than Herbert Austin who went on to form his own highly successful motor business. In 1901 Wolseley became part of Vickers and by 1913 had become Britain's largest indigenous motorcar manufacturer, producing around 3000 vehicles a year. However it was sold again in 1927 to Austin rival, William Morris.

Early Wolseley cars had been elegant luxury models competing with Napier, Rolls-Royce and Daimler. Following the Morris take-over the models from Wolseley were based on modified Morris chassis, although they soon gained a loyal following from Britain's middle classes and the Police.

Dating from 1922, this charming little Wolseley Ten was supplied new by Bolland & Co of Stratford-upon-Avon. The vendor states that the car was recently treated to a full engine overhaul at a cost of almost �3,000 but unfortunately there are no bills to substantiate this. The car is said to drive very well with a nice quiet gearbox and good temperature and oil pressure. It comes with an old buff log book, modern V5C and current MOT certificate. It is only reluctantly being sold because the owner's eyesight is failing rapidly and he can no longer drive.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number109
Estimate£12000-£14000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£10700
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1922
Condition rating0
Registration numberNXI 612
Mileage-
Chassis number38010
Engine number3770/2656
Engine capacity (cc)1181
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors