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1896. Exhibit at the Heritage Motor Centre.
1900. Wolseley.
1900. The new 'Wolseley' voiturette.
November 3rd 1900.
November 17th 1900.
1904. Wolseley.
1910. Wolseley 12/16 Town Car. 2,226 cc. Exhibit at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
1912. Type M5. Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
1914. Baker electric vehicles.
1919. Wolseley E2A Stellite. Exhibit at the Heritage Motor Centre.
1921. Wolseley Ten. Reg No: NX 1040.
1923. Wolseley Ten E3. Reg No: AF 6409.
1923. Wolseley Ten E3. Reg No: AF 6409.
1923. Wolseley Ten Tourer. Reg No: UE 9373.
1923. Wolseley Ten Tourer. Reg No: UE 9373.
1923. Wolseley Ten E3. 1,222cc. Reg No: AF 6409.
1923. Wolseley Ten E3. 1,222cc. Reg No: AF 6409.
Reg No: CEH 14.
1933. Swallow bodied Hornet Sports. Reg No: GO 7504.
1897 - 1900.
May 1901.
May 1901.
January 1902. 10 h.p.
February 1902. 10 h.p. Chassis.
February 1902. 20 h.p.
September 1902.
September 1902.
November 1902.
December 1902. 5-hp.
January 1903.
January 1903.
January 1903.
January 1903.
February 1903.
May 1903. Leslie Porter and the 50 h.p. Wolseley.
May 1904.
November 1904.
November 1904.
February 1905. 6 h.p.
February 1905. Advert for Siddeley 12 h.p. and mentions 6 and 18 h.p models.
February 1905. Advert for Wolsely 6, 12 and 16 h.p. cars.
February 1905. Wolsely 20 h.p.
February 1905. Wolseley car.
February 1905. Wolsely 8 h.p.
February 1905. Wolsely 8 h.p.
June 1905.
September 1905. 12-hp chassis.
September 1905.
September 1905.
March 1906. Wolseley Siddeley.
1906 Q4. 12hp.
1906 Q4.
1906 Q4.
1906 Q4.
1906. 24 h.p. Landaulet.
December 1906. Wolseley Siddeley.
8 hp. Published in 1906.
November 1906.
April 1907.
c1908. Courtesy of History World
November 1909.
November 1909.
November 1909.
July 1910.
November 1910.
November 1910. 6-cylinder engine.
August 1912. Wolseley Cabriolet.
May 1913.
November 1913.
July 1917. 16-20 hp.
November 1919
November 1919
November 1919. Specifications.
January 1920.
November 1922.
November 1922. Wolseley Fourteen.
November 1922. Wolseley Fourteen with body by Howes and Sons.
June 1923. Wolseley Fourteen.
October 1923.
October 1923. Models, prices and specifications.
August 1926. 11-22hp.
September 1927.
September 1928.
September 1929. Moth II
1931. Hornet Four Door Saloon.
December 1933.
December 1934.
May 1935.
May 1935.
August 1935.
October 1936.
October 1936.
October 1936.
September 1937.
January 1939.
January 1939.
March 1939.
May 1939. Reg. DON 89.
Reg No: GY 173.
June 1941.
September 1950. Wolseley 4/50 and 6/80.
February 1952.
October 1957. 6/90, 15/50 and 1500.
Reg No: AKV 265.
Reg No: OUO 721G.
Reg No: FRU 468D.
Reg No: EKV 413C.
Reg No: OUN 779H.
Reg No: NBK 364G.

Note: This is a sub-section of Wolseley.

1895 The origins of the company as an automobile brand was in about 1895-96 when 30 year old Herbert Austin, then employed as a works manager at the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co, became interested in engines and automobiles. During the winter of 1895-96 he made his own version of a design by Leon Bollee that he had seen in Paris. Later he found that another British group had bought the rights so Austin had to come up with a design of his own.

1897 The second Wolseley car, the Wolseley Autocar No. 1 was revealed. It was a three wheeled design (one front, two rear) featuring independent rear suspension, 2-hp flat-twin mid-engine and back to back seating for two adults. It was not successful and although advertised for sale, none were sold.

1899 The third Wolseley car, the four wheeled Wolseley Voiturette followed.

1900 Paris Exhibition. Showed a small carriage with an engine speed of 750 rpm and under the name of the Wolseley Machine Co. Full details with illustrations in 'The Engineer' of 5th October. [1]

1900 A further four wheeled car was made, this time with a steering wheel instead of a tiller.

1901 The first Wolseley cars sold to the public were based on the "Voiturette", but production did not get under way until 1901, by which time the company had changed hands. In that year the automobile division was spun off (with financing from Vickers) as an independent concern in Adderley Park, Birmingham. Herbert Austin managed the new Wolseley company for a short time before resigning to form his own concern, the Austin Motor Co, in 1905.

1903 Introduced the 6-hp model.

1904 May. Details of their 6 hp voiturette.[2][3][4]

1905 February. Details of their 8 hp car.[5][6][7]

1905 March. Details of the Gordon-Bennett racing car.[8]

1905 November. Details of their 6hp, 8hp and 12hp cars.[9]

1906 Produced 6 h.p single-cylinder (recently discontinued), 8 h.p twin-cylinder and 12 h.p four-cylinder models. [10]

1912 They were commissioned by the Russian Count Peter P Schilovski, a lawyer and member of the Russian royal family, to build the Schilovski Gyrocar.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Cars see the 1917 Red Book

1913 April. Advert for their cars and states 'Proprietors: Vickers Ltd'. [11]

1913 Introduced the 'Stellite' model.

1914 Builders of motor cars, motor boats etc. Specialities: "Wolsley" auto-cars and other motor vehicles for all industrial purposes including omnibuses, cabs, landaulettes, lorries, vans, ambulance waggons; also marine engines from 12 to 500 hp, motor yachts' pinnaces, motor launches etc. Employees 4,000. The proprietors of the company are Vickers Ltd. [12]

1918 Wolseley began a joint venture in Tokyo, Japan with Ishikawajiama Ship Building and Engineering. The first Japanese-built Wolseley car rolled off the line in 1922. After World War II, the Japan venture reorganized, renaming itself Isuzu Motors in 1949. Today, Isuzu is part of General Motors.

Wolseley grew quickly selling upmarket cars, and even opened a lavish showroom, Wolseley House, in Piccadilly (next door to the the Ritz Hotel, now housing a restaurant called The Wolseley).

1920 November. Exhibited at the Motor Car Show at Olympia and the White City with 10, 15 and 20 hp models. The larger model had a six-cylinder engine. [13]

1927 February. Wolseley was purchased by William Morris. Morris renamed the company Wolseley Motors (1927) Ltd and consolidated its production at Ward End Works in Birmingham.

Post WWII: Morris and Wolseley production was consolidated at Cowley, and badge engineering took hold. The first post-war Wolseleys, the similar 4/50 and 6/80 models, were based on the Morris Oxford MO. Later, Wolseleys shared with MG and Riley common bodies and chassis, namely the 4/44 and 6/90, which were closely related to the MG Magnette ZA/ZB and the Riley Pathfinder respectively. Other badge engineering exploits followed at BMC.

1957 The Wolseley 1500 was based on the planned successor to the Morris Minor. The next year, the Wolseley 15/60 debuted the new mid-sized BMC saloon design penned by Pinin Farina. It was followed by similar vehicles from five marques within the year.

The Wolseley Hornet was based on the Austin and Morris Mini with a booted body style which was shared with Riley as the Elf. Finally, a version of the Austin 1800 was launched in 1967 as the Wolseley 18/85.

1958 Advert on this page for the Wolseley Six-Ninety. [14]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Showed 6/110, 16/60, Fifteen-hundred and Hornet. [15]

Early Registrations

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List of Models

  • 25hp 1937-39/1947-48

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 26th October 1900 p421
  2. Automotor Journal 1904/05/07
  3. Automotor Journal 1904/05/14
  4. Automotor Journal 1904/05/2
  5. Automotor Journal 1905/02/11
  6. Automotor Journal 1905/02/18
  7. Automotor Journal 1905/02/25
  8. Automotor Journal 1905/03/25
  9. Automotor Journal 1905/11/18
  10. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.
  11. The Autocar of 5th April 1913 p21
  12. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  13. The Engineer of 19th November 1920 p498
  14. [1] History World
  15. 1963 Motor Show
  • A-Z British Cars 1945-1980 by Graham Robson. Published by Herridge and Sons. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3