I am doing a project on Wolseley’s Round the World.
We had a Car Factory in Nelson, New Zealand, and I would like to know all the other Countries who had Wolseley Franchises and where they were exported to from England.
I am the President of the Nelson Branch of the Wolseley Inc. of New Zealand and my car is a 1969 18/85 Automatic with power steering.
Thank-you in for your help.
Mrs Olga Reid (Ollie)
From: Olga Reid
Hello Mrs Reid
I am not sure if anyone else has responded, and I am afraid that I personally am not able to answer your query. However I have sent it on to a couple of other members who might know. Please bear with us whilst we try to find some answers.
Thanks and Regards
Bob Langston (Wolseley Register Spares Consultant)
I have had a wonderful response and my Posters look great with all the Wolseleys from around the Word featured that I can fit in.I am 75,self taught on Computer and this Project has given me more confidence.We do certainly have a Wonderful Word of Wolseleys.I a glad to be able to put together a List of Franchises and Importers and will put this on the forum later.There is a lot more I want to know and this keeps me out of trouble.Is it possible to get a new Power Steering pump,this is attached to the Generator for the 1969 18/85 with Automatic.I have the only one of this Model here.Were there many of these made?Ollie
It certainly looks like you are keeping yourself busy, and well done on your research of Wolseleys. I’ll let you know if I get any responses about Wolseley franchises.
Regarding you own car, it is obviously a rarity in NZ, although there were quite a lot made for the UK market, but I’m afraid that I don’t have the numbers myself.
There is a a company in the UK who does cater for the Wolseley 18/85’s, along with other models. Their name is Earlpart – http://www.earlpart.co.uk/. If you look at page 12 of the 18/85 catalgue, you’ll see that they have reconditioned power steering pumps available, although I don’t know if there is a difference between the manual and automatic variants.
Alternatively, I know of a member of the Register who had a 2nd hand power steering pump available from a 1969 18/85, (but again, I don’t know if it was a manual or an automatic). I don’t know what he is asking for it nor whether he would be happy to send it to NZ, but I can ask if you are interested in a 2nd hand one?
I apologise for the delayed response to your query, but we are really struggling with the question as it is rather a big subject with (at least) three distinct sections:-
1) where else were Wolseley vehicles made under licence (eg Japan)
2) where were cars assembled as Wolseleys (ie. by Wolseley), (eg Ireland and Australia)
3) by others? (eg separate ownership).
Where did Wolseley have their OWN overseas offices and sales outlets and where did they have ‘franchised’ ones? Often these would be only short lived arrangements and would change, also the import requirements of different countries often determined the best route to sales – eg ckd (full or part), with local assembly or elements of local manufacture. Countries would often dictate where the money went and so that would determine the ownership and registration of the ‘distributor’.
NB. Did you have any success with my suugestions for your pwer steering pump?
I have not found any good power steering pumps yet though I know there are some out there somewhere.The Project was great and I found there are several Countries had Wolseley Franchises.Dominion Motors were one of the main exporters/importers and they had a base here in Nelson.It would be nice to keep this part of our History before it is lost forever. We did not keep the Trophy, the Public liked our display and learned a lot from this project. I thank the Wolseley Register for the help and will continue to find more on this Subject.
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