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Wolseley

3.5hp Voiturette, 1899

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Make
Wolseley
Manufacturer
Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company
Location Made
Birmingham
Accession Number
1980-1-200
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
1 cyl, 1300 cc, 4 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
20 mph (32 km/h)
Body Style
Voiturette
Price When New
£270
Materials
metal, wood, rubber, textiles
Dimensions
2591mm (l), 1433mm (w), 1417mm (h)
Location
In the Workshop

Herbert Austin's third Wolseley design and his first four-wheeler, forming the basis of production models that Wolseley introduced in 1901. It has a front-mounted engine with a single horizontal cylinder and a belt drive to a central gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheels. Steering is by a tiller.

Austin drove this prototype in the 1900 Thousand Miles Trial and was awarded first prize in his class. The Wolseley was one of the exhibits in Britain's first motor museum which opened in 1912. The museum was the brainchild of Edmund Dangerfield, proprietor of The Motor magazine and hence was known as The Motor Museum. It was located in London, at Waring and Gillow's furniture store on Oxford Street.