Lot 253 - 1932 Wolseley Hornet Special
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,000|
Six cylinder overhead cam engined Wolseley Hornet Specials are very desirable cars and are excellent alternatives to their close mechanical relatives, the MG Magna's and Magnettes. It's worth pointing out that they have the superb 1200cc Wolseley engine which MG adapted for their first small six, the F-Type Magna. Before launching the F-Type, MG had used a four cylinder version of the engine in the M-Type which was the first MG to carry the Midget name. In its ultimate development, the six cylinder unit powered the legendary K3 Magnette so the Hornet played a very important part in the development of British racing cars.
This particular example has a very rare Meredith Trinity body, so named because it gives you three different configurations in one unique design. You can drive it as either an open two-seater, an open four-seater or you can raise the hood, which is otherwise hidden in the rear of the body, along with its complete set of side screens. Apart from being a flexible and practical design, it is also very stylish and looks good in all three guises. Meredith, who were based in Birmingham, built only 31 Trinity bodies between 1932 and 1934; 17 Rileys, nine Wolseley Hornets and five BSAs so good condition, running examples are very rare.
This vehicle has been extensively restored in the past with documentary evidence within the history file. Since the early 2000s it would appear to have only travelled a few thousand miles. The present owner has carried on the process of improving the Hornet by having the cylinder head extensively refurbished and has also invested a considerable sum of money having the car's original long front wings totally restored and put back in place of the previous and less elegant cycle wings. As a result of this continued work over recent years, it looks good and reportedly goes very well indeed. The combination of lovely styling and a smooth and sporty six-cylinder engine with a good four-speed gearbox and excellent hydraulic brakes make it a really fine post-vintage sports touring car. It will be very hard to beat in any value-for-money comparison with other similar cars of the same period.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.