1935 Wolseley Wasp
Registration Number: BXY 711
Chassis Number: 200 654
Engine Number: 113E
MOT Test Expiry: 24 January 2014
Sold For: £2750
Auction Date: 19 September 2013
Lot No: 251
Wolseley Motors Limited was founded in 1901 by the Vickers Armaments Combine in conjunction with Herbert Austin. It was very successful in the Edwardian era and expanded rapidly after the First World War to become the largest car manufacturer in the Great Britain. However, over expansion led to receivership in 1927, when it was acquired by William Morris, ultimately to become part of his ever increasing Nuffield Organisation.
The Wolseley Wasp was produced in 1935 and 1936 at the Ward End works in Birmingham and was an updated version of the Wolseley 9 introduced in 1934. It boasted a four cylinder 1,100 cc overhead camshaft engine, four speed gearbox, hydraulic brakes and 12 volt electrics. Total production comprised only 5,815 units.
On offer here is a particularly original example, which although running and with an MOT test certificate, does provide scope for some further improvement. We understand that the bodywork is generally sound although some attention is needed to the running boards. The paintwork is largely original but poor in places, and there is therefore the vexed issue over whether this should be retained or redone. The interior is again very original, and in reasonable condition considering its age. However, there is some wear in places which could benefit from a little attention. The engine was overhauled approximately eight years ago, and the rest of the mechanical and electrical equipment is in good working order according to the vendor. A replacement petrol tank has also been fitted at some time in the past.
The history file includes the RF60 registration book, the V5C registration certificate, details of previous owners, photographs of work done on the engine and various invoices for work carried out. Also included is an original instruction manual, lubrication chart, wiring diagram and copy parts catalogue.