1966 Wolseley Hornet

Make: Wolseley
Model: Hornet
Year: 1966
Registration Number: DTM 627D
Chassis Number: W-A252835331
Engine Number: 9WR-U-H-32394
Sold For: £450

Auction Date: 19 September 2013
Lot No: 229

Starting life as the ‘Sheep Shearing Machine Co’, Wolseley produced its first motor car in 1899. From 1901 when Vickers purchased the vehicle interests, the marque became a member of various motor manufacturing empires: in 1927 William Morris bought Wolseley; in 1935, it moved into Morris Motors, and then in 1952, Wolseley became part of the BMC conglomeration. The Hornet arrived in 1961; based on the Mini’s bodyshell, it was certainly a more luxurious version of the petite and popular Mini and was produced in substantially fewer numbers, making it perhaps a more desirable and rarer alternative today.

Much of the hard work has already been carried out on this restoration project. It has been totally dismantled with all parts sensibly retained for refitting or to use as patterns. The sub-frames have been Waxoyled in the past which appears to have paid off, and the floor panels and bodywork are described as generally good.  We understand that the upholstery, interior trim, headlining and dashboard are all in fairly good order and certainly reusable. The mechanical components are all present; the engine was rebuilt in 1987 and the brakes were overhauled with new cylinders and shoes fitted in 2012. All electrics are supplied.

This three-owner Hornet is offered with a history file which contains invoices, MOT test records, the handbook and the V5C registration certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: The dismantled parts will have to be collected at a separate location by prior arrangement.