Wolseley Hornet Special
Wolseley Hornet Special
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Wolseley Hornet Special
Year 1933
Registration plate UK & Jsy
Chassis Number 120502
Engine Number 14B/7
Engine Capacity 1271cc
Transmissions Four Speed Manual
Body style 2/4 Seater
Interior color Black leather
Exterior color Burngundy / Black
Seating capacity Four
Wheels and Tyres Wire Wheels
Asking Price £37950
Introduced in 1930, the Hornet deployed Wolseley's bevel-driven, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine in a lengthened Morris Minor chassis equipped with hydraulic brakes. Its power-to-weight ratio was exemplary among contemporary 1.3-litre cars, the smooth and flexible six pulling from walking pace to more than 60mph. The model was revised for 1932 with a shortened, chain-driven overhead-cam engine (repositioned to improve cabin space) and four-speed 'silent third' gearbox. Increased performance was offered by the twin-carburettor Hornet Special and the latter chassis rapidly became that of choice for the multitude of independent coachbuilders already using the Hornet as the basis for a sporting two-seater. The Hornet Special was soon making its mark in competitions, one noteworthy achievement being the victory achieved by a team of three Eustace Watkins-bodied Hornets (two Daytonas on the Special chassis, one International on the standard chassis) in the 1932 Light Car Club International Relay Race at Brooklands at an average speed of 77.57mph. Originally supplied by Eustace Watkins , registered as JJ 131 on the 3rd January 1933, the 2/4 seater coachwork was built by Abbey Coachworks for Eustace Watkins. The original JJ registration is found on other Hornets sold by Eustace Watkins, whose showrooms were in Berkeley Street Mayfair, London W1.
An extremely good example of a professionally bodied Eustace Watkins Tourer, being a "E.W." International 2/4 seater, the coachwork is in fine restored condition, with a black leather interior, matching black duck is used for the hood and tonneau cover. The engine pulls well and maintains a constant oil pressure and water temperature on longer runs. A well restored Hornet Special as originally supplied by Eustace Watkins at a price of £225.00
In excellent restored condition, with restored instruments, the original Eustace Watkins dashboard plaque, black duck hood, original Berkshire windscreen wiper.
Restored interior in black leather , carpets and hood.
The six cylinder, twin carburettor Hornet engine, has been subject to care and maintenance by Le Riche and by previous owners, there is a large history file, together with maintenance records during our ownership.
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