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Wolseley

Hornet EW Special, 1932

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Make
Wolseley
Manufacturer
Wolseley Motors Ltd.
Location Made
Birmingham
Accession Number
1980-1-204
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
6 cyl, 1271 cc, 40 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
80 mph (129 km/h)
Body Style
Tourer
Price When New
£298
Materials
metal, glass, textiles
Dimensions
3378mm (l), 1295mm (w), 1600mm (h)
Location
In the Workshop

When Morris took Wolseley over in 1927, development of the four and six cylinder Hispano Suiza-based OHC engines continued.

The 1930 Hornet used the six-cylinder and established a fashion for small sixes. For 'Specials', Wolseley built only the rolling chassis. Specials had wider tracks than factory saloons and tuned engines with twin SUs. The purchaser then took the chassis to a coachbuilder to have a custom-made body fitted.

This body was built by Whittingham and Mitchell via Wolseley's London distributors Eustace Watkins. Hornets were popular and provided competition for MG - also owned by Morris. When Morris decided to rationalise the selection of sports models across his companies, he chose MG sports cars and finished the Hornet range.