Sold for £19,125
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: HG 2009
Chassis No: 892/78
Introduced in April 1932, the Special was a more performance-orientated version of Wolseley’s existing Hornet model. Available in bare chassis guise only, the newcomer was powered by a 1271cc OHC straight-six engine allied to four-speed manual transmission. Clothed by the likes of Avon, Abbey, Swallow, Cunard and London Wolseley dealer Eustace Watkins, the Hornet Special could be had with a variety of open and closed coachwork. A team of three Hornet Specials driven by F.S. Hutchens, B. Wickens and E. Erith won the 1932 LCC Relay Race at Brooklands (averaging 77.5mph for 270 miles). Progressively developed, the sporting Wolseley gained a stronger chassis, crossflow cylinder head and part synchromesh before production ceased in 1935 after some 2,300 had been sold.
Manufactured in 1933, this elegant Wolseley is clothed in Meredith Trinity coachwork that can be configured as an open 2-seater, open 4-seater or closed 4-seater, hence its Trinity nomenclature. Finished in Green over Black paintwork, this pretty Hornet Special benefitted from an extensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration between 2010 and 2022, a process that was written about in The Automobile magazine. The interior was refreshed and retrimmed with new Green leather and new carpet; the chrome-work was also renewed and new tyres fitted. Always lovely to see, the accompanying history file dates all the way back to 1945. An adaptable car in ownership, the Trinity Special is described by the seller as possessing ‘very good’ bodywork and ‘good’ paint, while he rates the 1271cc engine, electrical equipment, four-speed transmission and interior trim as 'excellent'.
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