Wolseley Hornet Mk II
Wolseley Hornet Mk II
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Wolseley Hornet Mk II
Year 1965
Registration plate Jersey registered
Chassis Number W-A2S2/665610
Engine Number 9WR-U-H/19803
Engine Capacity 998 cc
Transmissions 4-speed manual
Mileage 10,600
Body style 2-door saloon
Interior color Red
Exterior color Pale Ivory/ Damask Red
Seating capacity 4
Wheels and Tyres Standard steel wheels
Asking Price £ POA
It was only a little while after the launch of the original Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor in August 1959, that the popularity of these seminal cars spawned a number of variants, amongst which were the Wolseley Hornet and Riley Elf, which appeared in October 1961. These were more luxurious versions of the first Mini’s, featuring an elongated body, incorporating a ‘proper’ boot and mildly finned rear wings. They also had full size, chrome radiator grilles and other additional chrome embellishments. The mechanical specification of the cars was largely the same as the standard Minis, but the interiors received further up-market treatment with leather seating and wood veneer dashboards. The two models remained in production until 1969, by which time around 31,000 Riley Elfs and 28,000 Wolseley Hornets had been built. The Wolseley Hornet offered here was first registered in May 1965 – making it a Series II vehicle, fitted with a 998 cc engine, rated at a claimed 38 bhp, which raised the car's top speed to a claimed 77 mph. Amazingly, this vehicle remained in the hands of its first owner for 30 years, and covered less than 10,000 miles in all that time. In the hands of subsequent owners (only 4 in all) the car still has just 10,600 miles clocked up – verified by MOT records up to 2021. As can be seen from the attached images, it has been very well cared for throughout its life and received an unleaded head conversion and stainless exhaust system in the late 90’s.
This is a true time-warp vehicle in excellent original condition, having been cherished by a small number of owners over nearly 60 years and having had remarkably little use in that time, with less than 11,000 miles recorded. As such, it represents a near unique opportunity to acquire a rare, luxurious and collectable variant of the famous Mini. The car has a sizeable history file including many MOT records, invoices for work completed and a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate. The car is currently Jersey registered and we can assist with shipping and importation processes if required. We can ship worldwide.
The exterior of the car is in first-class condition, in original Pale Ivory and Damask Red roof, with all trim and brightwork present and correct. The underside of the car looks particularly good and there is no apparent evidence of any repair work having been needed.
The interior is in excellent shape – leather seats, carpets and wood veneer dash. A period Radiomobile unit has been fitted.
Running well and in very good mechanical repair, with evidence of regular maintenance. Most recently (2022) the clutch & brake hydraulic systems have received an overhaul.
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