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Wolseley: Hornet

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October 1931.
October 1931.
October 1931. Hornet.
October 1931. Hornet.
October 1931. Patrick Motors body on a Wolseley Hornet chassis.
September 1932. AEW Wolseley Hornet Special.
1932. Hornet. Exhibit at the Heritage Motor Centre.
October 1933. 8-hp model.
October 1933. 12-hp model.
October 1933. 12-hp model.
October 1933. Hornet Special Chassis.
May 1934.

Note: This is a sub-section of Wolseley: Cars

The Wolseley Hornet was a 6-cylinder 12 hp car which was offered as a saloon car, coupé and open two-seater as well as a chassis for bespoke coachwork.

It was produced by Wolseley Motors Limited from 1930 to 1936.

1930 the Hornet was unveiled to the public at the end of April 1930.

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The Heinz 57 Wolseley Hornets were comissioned by H. J. Heinz Ltd as prizes in a Heinz competition. The car was a unique design, copyrighted by Heinz, and only 57 were made. The Heinz Hornets were all registered consecutively and can be recognised by having the LLH ---D registration plates. At present, only 21 have been identified.

The Heinz cars differed by being turned into full convertibles by Crayford Engineering in Westerham, Kent. Several accessories were added including insulated food cabinets, electric kettle, front and rear seat belts, a power point n the boot, a tartan rug, a Brexton picnic hamper, a radio and a built-in make tray, designed by Max Factor. You could even have your monogram on the doors.


In Brief - accurate from Oct 1933.[1]

  • Engine: Six-cylinders, o.h. cam-shaft: 57mm by 83mm = 1,271 c.c. tax £12, four-bearing crankshaft
  • Transmission: Single dry-plate clutch; four-speed synchromesh gearbox with free wheel; ratios 4.87, 7.75, 11.3 and 20.4 to 1; reverse, 20.4 to 1; open Hardy-Spicer propeller shaft; spiral bevel back axle.
  • Dimensions: Wheelbase, 7ft.11 ins; track, 3ft.9 ins; ground clearance 6 ins; turning circle, 38ft.
  • Manufacturers: Wolseley Motors (1927) Ltd., Ward End Birmingham.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Light Car and Cyclecar Magazine 06th October 1933
  • Wikipedia