A Loyal Wolseley Family? | PUBLIC ENQUIRIES | Forum

Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_TopicIcon
A Loyal Wolseley Family?
November 6, 2018
12:17 pm
Avatar
Andrew Hicks
Guest

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.

November 6, 2018
11:39 pm
Avatar
Webmaster
Admin
Forum Posts: 370
Member Since:
May 8, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Andrew

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.

Bob

November 7, 2018
12:43 pm
Avatar
Andrew Hicks
Guest

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.

November 8, 2018
10:25 am
Avatar
Webmaster
Admin
Forum Posts: 370
Member Since:
May 8, 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.

Bob

Forum Timezone: Europe/London

Most Users Ever Online: 213

Currently Online:
1 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 145

Members: 743

Moderators: 3

Admins: 5

Forum Stats:

Groups: 2

Forums: 2

Topics: 471

Posts: 1937

Newest Members:

Phillip Morrison

Moderators: Jan Langston: 0, Admin 2: 0, Admin 1: 2

Administrators: rob: 0, Treasurer: 0, Webmaster: 370, Jenny Ryder: 4, Editor: 0