Hello to you all. After a life of prewar Riley’s I am now considering the world of Wolseley. Now orientating on the smaller cars like the Hornet and Wasp from the nineteenthirties. My question is if there is a list of chassis numbers available for the Hornets and Hornet Specials?
November 27, 2012
Due to the number of Fake Hornet Specials being created, there is no public list.
The problem with those before the 1934 models, i.e. those with the inlet & exhaust on the nearside, is that Wolseley did not stamp the number on the chassis. It was on the axles but usually can not be read. The numbers were on brass plates fastened on the bulkhead, thus easy to fake.
1934 onward the same brass plates were used, plus the chassis number was on the nearside of the chassis, as well as on the axles.
The same applies to Nines, Wasps etc.
If you require further info, please contact me direct.
Graham Whitaker (member 0882)
Hi Graham, I have a ‘1932 Wolseley Hornet Special and looking for information on how to confirm its authenticity. I have not been able to find anything on the chassis, can you provide more Info of where on the axle to look? I am in the states and wanted to know who I can contact regarding auctioning this rare vehicle.
November 27, 2012
The Hornets & Hornet specials did not have the chassis numbers stamped anywhere on the chassis until 1934.
The information was on the brass plate fastened to the scuttle side.
Wolseley did however stamp the chassis number on top of the rear axle case, I usually clean it, spray paint on it & when dry carefully rub it with sandpaper.
The other place to find it is on the right side of front axle, (viewed from the front), where the axle sweeps up to the king pin.
Coach builders often burned the number into the wood on the rear top rail.
Another way to find out if the car is a genuine Hornet Special is to measure the chassis from the front to where it sweeps down.
I have the dimensions, but it will take a day or two to find them.
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