With its lively six cylinder engine, the Wolseley Hornet Sp
ecial was available with a variety of attractive styles of coachwork, ranging from outright 2 seat sports models, to well appointed coupes and four seat tourers. Numerous coachworks supplied bodies for this model, almost all of which were of very high quality.
This 1934 Hornet Special has four seat sports tourer coachwork of the ‘Shelsley’ design, by Samuel Holbrook of Wolverhampton. There is a copy of the original advertisement on file. Just five cars with this style of body are known to survive, but only two remain unaltered and this car is said to be the most original.
Much money has been spent in recent years in order to ensure the car is reliable and driving well. The sidescreens have recently been renewed by a well regarded trimmer and apart from a colour change, from grey to ivory, during the 1980’s and renewal of carpets and some of the leather trim, the car remains largely as it was when new. The coachbuilder’s plates and spare wheel retaining wing nut with S.H Ltd marking are still fitted. The car was laid up in 1949, until it was sold in 1978. The wheels have been powder coated and in all, this is a most attractive sporting motor car, which is a joy to drive. The highly distinctive Birmingham registration number remains with the car and documentation includes a buff RF60 logbook dating from 1941, various hand written notes from previous owners, photos and the aforementioned advertisement. For more information please call me on 07710-364945 or 01420-474919. We are located south of the Hindhead Tunnel (A3) between Petersfield and Alton. Viewing strictly by prior appointment please. Delivery can be arranged at very competitive rates.