Does anyone know if there are any coachbuilders out there building recreations of the Eustace Watkins Daytona body or something similar? Do original bodies ever come up second hand?
Asking on behalf of my father, who’s just begun rebuilding his Hornet Special. He has all the mechanical bits, but the body was scrapped when the car was put into storage in the 1960s.
May 8, 2013
There are 2 or 3 members of the Wolseley Hornet Special Club who make replica bodies for these cars. It might be worth having a chat to that club?
November 27, 2012
I have had, and still have, few EW Hornet specials. I found that there are differences in each one of the same body style.
Eustace Watkins did not make the bodies, they were the main Wolseley dealers in London.
All the bodies were made by a firm called Whittingham & Mitchel. Reputedly 2 men, an apprentice & a dog.
Each body was individually made to suit the customer. My father travelled to London to order his car & he was asked to sit in a (1935) chassis to get a comfortable driving position. A taller driver would get a slightly longer body.
First you need to know the year of the car as the chassis is radically different between the 1932/33 cars & the 1934/35 cars. ( find the chassis number off the logbook or the chassis, stamped in several places).
Then which body you wish to re-create. There were several body styles.
Most common was the 4 seater Daytona. Also there was the International, different rear & cycle wings. They also produced fixed head coupes, I have recently acquired a 1934 example with a Silex body.
A number of coachbuilders had there own body styles as well.
I may have a number of wood sections for a 1934 Daytona somewhere.
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