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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.89

By March 31, 2024Triple M corner

The Autocar published an interesting two-part article entitled ‘Small Sports Saloons’ in its January 1st & January 8th, 1932, editions of their magazine. Both drawings seen here are featured in that article and illustrate the differing design approaches adopted by the coachbuilders involved. The ‘Occasional-four Coupe‘ was probably built for Eustace Watkins by Abbey Coachworks, based in Merton, Surrey at the time. The model also bears more than a passing resemblance to the 1929-1932 MG Midget Sportsman’s Coupe and was probably penned by the same designer. The designer of the Arrow Coupe adopted a different approach, using the accentuated rake of the ‘A’ pillar, swept wings and the rearward slope of the body to highlight the model’s sporting pretensions, its novel louvred wing valances adding to that impression. There is a strong direct link between the two cars in that the firm of Compton Son & Terry of Merton, Surrey became Abbey Coachworks when Compton left that business to establish A.P. Compton & Co, naming his premises in Hanwell, West London the Arrow Coachworks from where the Arrow Hornet illustrated above originated.

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