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Image(s) of the week no. 320

By January 25, 2016IOTW

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1930 Wolseley Hornet Saloon

The April 18th 1930 edition of The Autocar contained an announcement and images of a new series of models from Wolseley Motors named the ‘Hornet’. The model range consisted of just two saloon types, the Coachbuilt and Fabric versions selling at £185 and £175 respectively. The cars were hardly unusual in appearance, in fact they were fitted with the same bodies as those to be found on the Minor Saloons launched in 1928 (Fabric Saloon) and 1929 (Coachbuilt Saloon). The difference of course was the 1271 cc six cylinder OHC engine under its elongated bonnet. The car caused quite a sensation and sold very well. Edited images of those to be seen here appeared in that April edition of The Autocar and which look to have been taken on a piece of derelict land adjoining Wolseley’s Ward End, Birmingham plant. They are published here this week in celebration of the recent discovery of an almost complete version of this car in Warwick, U.K., just 24 miles from its Ward End birthplace almost 86 years ago. (LAT Photo Scans)

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