Before my father died he listed the cars that he and his father had owned from the twenties to the nineties, which, when my cars are added, totals almost seventy cars, an interesting piece of social history. He and his father owned twelve Wolseleys altogether, five of them pre-war. Added to this his brother, Freddie Hicks, did his apprenticeship at Wolseley Motors before working with a Wolseley dealer in Tring; he went on to win the Junior TT on the Isle of Man for Velocette in 1929 but was killed there the following year.
My query is to ask if either of the two cars from the twenties for which I have a registration are still existing.
My grandfather bought the following new cars…
1923 Wolseley 10 open two seater OK 7923 ‘Rear wheel brakes only, canvas hood and dickie seat’. [Like the grey one on the Register’s adverts?]
1924 Wolseley 10 open four seater OL 4066 ‘Same chassis as above’
1927 Wolseley 12 seater saloon
1933 Wolseley Viper 6 cylinder ‘Very advanced for its time.’
Sadly I have no photos for any of these and would love to know what they looked like.
In 1933 my father then bought for £33 a Wolseley Hornet 6 cylinder saloon. ‘The low price was its book written down value from W.B.Dick & Co [he and his father’s employer]. A splendid car and years ahead technically.’
I then remember the brand new smell of his gorgeous maroon 1957 Wolseley 15/50, UOX 3. There then followed two 16/60s, two 18/85s and two Wolseley Sixes.
I hope that constitutes us as a loyal Wolseley family, though sadly I have never owned one. Now in my seventies, I certainly would if I had somewhere to put it. So have those two early cars survived? I’d love to know.
May 8, 2013
What a fasinating history of Wolseley cars owned within your family! You will find pictures of most of the cars on our website – have a look under ‘The Cars’ main headings. I think the only one missing is the Viper, which is quite a rare model.
Regrettably, neither of your earliest cars is known on our List of Recorded Vehicles, and neither is known to the DVLA, so we cannot help you with them.
Thanks so much for this.
One car I forgot to mention was our dark green Wolseley 6/80, RNU785. I remember well the power and sound of the six cylinder engine, sitting in front and looking out along that spectacular bonnet and how the cars in front of us always scattered… in their rear view mirror it looked just like a police car. I think I should get one! It had to go during the Suez crisis to be replaced temporarily by a new Ford Prefect, followed by a works Wolseley 6/90 for a short time when petrol was at the pumps again.
May 8, 2013
I’m afraid that RNU 785 doesn’t appear to exist any more either – you aren’t having much luck! You can always keep an eye on our Classifieds on the website, as 6/80’s do come up for sale occasionally.
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