Lot 263 - 1955 Wolseley 4/44

Lot 263 - 1955 Wolseley 4/44

Lot 263 - 1955 Wolseley 4/44

Lot Number 263
Registration RLX 888
Chassis Number NAE1323797
Engine Number 23396
Odometer reading 91,874 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £3,808

This model was introduced by the British Motor Corporation in 1952 and manufactured from 1953 to 1956. It was designed under the Nuffield Organization but by the time it was released, Wolseley was part of BMC. Much of the design was shared with the MG Magnette ZA which was released later in the same year. Unlike the MG, the 4/44 used the 1,250 cc XPAW engine a version of the XPAG engine previously seen in the later MG T-type series of cars but detuned by only having a single carburettor. The four speed manual transmission had a column change. The car had upmarket trim with wooden dashboard and leather seats and a traditional Wolseley radiator grille with illuminated badge but was expensive at GBP997 on the home market. The 4/44 was replaced in 1956 by the similar Wolseley 15/50.

This lovely example of this very British model is presented in dark green with green leather interior showing a nice patina. The present owner has carried out some recent repairs and some upgrades, which include electronic ignition, electronic fuel pump, new stainless steel exhaust system, new tyres/tubes (Vredestein classic), full brake overhaul and a full service and MoT test certificate which expires in February 2023; the full list is available to read in the history file. The interior woodwork is in good condition, and we are told the car drives well. A wonderful traditional British motor car which is practical and spacious for those trips to shows and rallies.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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