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For Sale: 1914 Wolseley 24/30
in Tandridge, United Kingdom

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Description
 
Just before the Great War started in 1914, this splendid Wolseley on chassis number 21133 left the factory and was shipped to Canada where it had been ordered for a Mr. Albert Schnauffer of Toronto. He subsequently sold it to a Mr. Miller in New Jersey and it then went to Mr Tom Cooney in Connecticut who later sold it to Ralph de Angelis, also of Connecticut. In 1987 it was acquired at the AACA Fall Meeting at Hershey by Mr Peter Minhinnett who brought it back home to England. Photographs of the car taken about this time show that although it was very original it had fallen into a fairly unloved state so Mr. Minhinnett undertook a comprehensive refurbishment which I gather took about ten years to complete - apparently it was put back on the road just in time for his son's wedding in 1997! For family reasons he was unable to find the time to drive the car after then so it was put away and did not resurface until after Mr. Minhinnett’s demise when Wolseley 24/30 expert and VCC ex-president Richard Eastmead was asked to re-commission it by the Minhinnett family. It then passed into the hands of its current owner who is an active Veteran Car Club member. He really likes to use his cars so to make sure it was up to the sort of driving he planned he had the radiator completely restored which included having a new honeycomb core made. He also had the magneto professionally refurbished, new heavy duty leather running board valances fitted, a new tonneau cover made and to finish it off the body was coach painted in the very period olive green you see in the pictures. Like any Wolseley of this era it is a very well built motor car and was clearly aimed at the upper end of the market. It has elegant narrow bodied sports-touring coachwork which still carries what looks very much like its original leather seating. The hood is no longer on the car but it does come with a set of wooden hood frames so you have the basis for reinstating it if you wanted to. The bright-work (radiator shell, lights etc) is all in fine condition so the car looks very good and the folding windscreen mechanism is a piece of engineering in its own right. It has a nice original dashboard with correct looking instruments and controls which all look very period. Having had its original air-starting system replaced at some stage with an electric unit, the Vickers Ltd six cylinder five litre engine fires up readily and runs sweetly. The clutch is smooth and the four speed and reverse right hand lever operated gear box is very pleasant to use. Quiet gear changes can soon be achieved with a little practise though you don't really need to use the gearbox that much as the engine has so much low down torque that you can stay in top or third for most of the time. Although it is quite a big car you soon get used to it and being properly designed in the first place it steers and stops well so you can make full use of use the engine's power and just enjoy driving it. In summary it is a high quality Edwardian sporting tourer which has masses of presence and will hold its own in any old car gathering and acquit itself very well on the open road.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 219584
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
75,000 GBP
Vehicle Location


Country
United Kingdom
 
City, State
Tandridge
Zip
Vehicle Basics

Year
1914

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Green Light

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Manual

 
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