My August 1971 18/85MkII was promoted as an ex – military vehicle (Staff car?) – ( or possibly Government Car Service) – and was sold at Ruddington sometime before 1981. Some parts of this are plausible. It has Rexine upholstery and not leather. It does not have picnic tables – not sure if it should have? If anyone can throw any light on whether any contract had ever been placed for a special edition, or even standard version, of this model had ever been placed by MoD, GCS, or any other Government Department I would be most interested and grateful to hear it. I have no documentation prior to 1981.
May 8, 2013
The following FOI request might be of interest. :-
Thanks Keef (Guest). I’ve had a brief look at this site which has not yielded anything. I’ll go back in more detail. Meanwhile I’ll try an FOI to the Dept of Transport to see if they have any records of car disposals at Ruddington say between 1969 & 1973. Not holding my breath. If anyone has any detailed/personal knowledge of Ruddington at that time would like to hear from them. There was a letter about it in CCW & I’ve asked the CCW editor to give my personal contact details to the letter writer in the hope he will make contact.
Hi, I have a 1939 Series III 16/65 which came with a load of spares. According to a previous owner the spares came from a scrapped Wolseley 16/65 of about the same age as my car. I think the Reg No was BAF 393 and its Registration Book showed the first owner as ‘ON GOVERNMENT SERVICE’. I don’t have any more details but it does seem probable that the car was a different specification. I still have the engine (seized), gearbox, diff and a few other parts from the car but none of the interior has survived.
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