Wed, 19th Jun 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 18

1924 Wolseley 11/22 Drophead Coupe

Sold for £11,531

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: 543 XVC
Chassis No: 2755
Mot Expiry: Aug 2019

- Current ownership since 1979 with bills on file from acknowledged Vintage car specialist Arthur Archer of Dunmow and, more recently, Jonathan Wood of Saffron Walden

- Advanced 1,267cc OHC four-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission. Snug fitting Black hood and sidescreens

- A rare survivor and an affordable entry to Vintage motoring (Wolseley's OHC engines were inspired by WW1 aero engine practice and in turn influenced the OHC MG powerplants)

Introduced in 1924, the 11/22 was a revised, more powerful version of its 10hp predecessor utilising the same sophisticated 1260cc four-cylinder overhead camshaft engine and three-speed transaxle. Beautifully made but more expensive than most Light Car rivals, the model remained in production until 1928 by which time William Morris had paid £730,000 to acquire Wolseley and gifted its advanced, WW1 aeroengine derived OHC engine technology to the nascent MG marque.

A rare survivor, chassis 2755 is understood to have been delivered new in December 1924 and to have lived in Cardiff from the 1960s onwards before being acquired by its current registered keeper forty years ago. A two-seater with additional dickey seat, it sports a side-mounted spare wheel and fuel can, opening windscreen, wooden dashboard, deep-buttoned Green leather upholstery, snug fitting hood and sidescreens. Bills on file totalling circa £11,000 show that much maintenance work has been carried out by renowned Vintage car specialists Arthur Archer of Dunmow and Jonathan Wood of Saffron Walden. An older restoration, the Wolseley remains in `good overall' condition and ran sweetly upon inspection. An elegant and well-engineered Light Car, this appealing 11/22 is offered for sale with original instruction manual, original parts book and starting instructions.


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