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                                                              Vintage & Classic Wolseley Car .Restorations

Classic and Vintage car restoration is the process of rebuilding an automobile and returning this chosen vehicle to life and lustre than it displayed when it was new. 

From classic to modern cars, auto restoration covers the entire range of all vehicles.
The purpose of auto restoration is to revive cars that have value. Whether monetary in the public eye, nostalgia for a forgotten era, or personal reasons.
Auto restoration requires an incredible amount of time, patience and money, from acquiring new parts to having upholstery refinished. It is meticulously taking apart, rebuilding an engine, often requiring many months to complete.
Auto restorationists, are not necessarily mechanics or have a vast working knowledge of car or car repair. Some merely hire the help they need, or purchase books that guide them through each phase of the particular restoration process, or have friends come over to help out at various stages.
Some enthusiast, love the Club atmosphere. Car rallies, united communities, bringing together families,
Throughout the world, cars and trucks are lying dormant, rusting away in a field or off to the side of a house, relics of a forgotten age just waiting to be given life.
For anyone attempting to tackle an auto restoration project, the road is not easy, but if the love is there, it can be achieved. For those lucky souls who have stumbled upon a rare and valuable car that has long passed its prime, restoring it could lead to A lifetime achievement, or a dream come true.

Kerry found two chassis rails on a farm in Victoria, some cross members at Dukewater in NSW, so it only took him another 10 years to either find or manufacture the rest, but from the photo above, It is pretty obvious that he did a brilliant Job.

1913 Wolseley C6 16/20

1913 Wolseley C6 16/20 owned by Kerry and Sue Cox


This 3 litre 4 cylinder engine with a four speed gear box was the First production car to be fitted with an  SU Carburettor 


 (made in Wolseley factory) photo below. It was all brass, with a water jacket, and leather bellows, they can be easily seen in lower photograph. 

Stamped on the SU carby are the words Patent applied for.


The Vehicle was imported by Tozer and Fisher in July 1913, in chassis form. 

Of interest is that the linkages were all nickel plated, so it could well have made its first appearance at a show around Adelaide.

Kerry and Sue’s first rally on completion of the restoration was in August 1990 Warwick, National Veterans Rally.



These Photographs were taken at the Brisbane Car Clubs 30th Anniversary rally by Pat Davis

Some Additional information  (different car)
1913 16/50 Torpedo Phaeton.
From ‘restored-cars

The Avanti Motors Wolseley owned by Max Kennedy – First English car to have automatic start. Has two cylinder air compressor attached to gearbox which pumps air at 350 psi. An air distributor then puts motor into the motor to start.Top speed today is around 70 mph.Motor is all aluminium  except for cylinders made by Vickers aircraft Co.      3.2 litres  4 Cylinder.     22 mpg at 60 mph   

James Desmond Lally says:

I am in a position to add information about the 1913 Wolseley Torpedo Phaeton referred to if someone would like to communicate with me on the email address below. This car (photographed) was originally used by my grandfather a a vehicle for student learners in Melbourne in the early 1920’s

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Karrosseriebay-Aktiengesellschaft-Sissach, 

Built coach work for buses, trucks and vans and cars, and The factory still stands today.
1936 Wolseley New Hornet
Owned By Kurt Hoppe


Curt said "This car was in miserable condition and almost impossible to restore"

This car was one of three  with a body built by Karrosseriebay-Aktiengesellschaft- Sissach  during 1936 in  Switzerland  ( Sissach is the Town) .   The firm went bankrupt in 1942.  Kurt talked to with the son of the of the founder of this firm and was told There was also another firm  building Wolseley body’s during the pre war years.  Wolseley sent three Wolseley Hornet chassis to the main dealer  (Emil Frey of Zurich) and the above car is  one of them.

Kurt found the car in 1989, it had been stored in a barn in the Village “Rothenburg” near Luzern. It had last been used in 1960 and had been  robbed  for  parts for spares for another Wolseley

Today not one of the three cars exist. Kurt says the above car was in a miserable condition and was almost impossible to restore.   The car was missing an engine and gearbox, all the interior and the hood.    Kurt has the remaining parts  stored .

Dates from the car 

Wolseley new                              2417/178

Body no                                       501917

Last date on the road                  02/11/1960

Last registration no                      ZX 84346



Information gathered by Kurt Hoppe and Anders Clausager, of the British Industry Heritage Trust and the Wolsely Register Historian

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                          1947  Wolseley 14/60                        Owned by Kurt Hoppe

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                      photo (right) 

was taken in 1963 and gives an indication of the condition of the car when it was Kurt purchased. this car in 1983


Having bought the car in England,  Kurt Drove it the 1200 km back  to Switzerland.. When he arrived home Kurt made a few repairs  and  took his family on a “big test drive through Switzerland”


Kurt sent me some  photos of   The Wolseley.  On some High Mountain roads, taken during this  Switzerland tour

Kurt sent me some  photos of   The Wolseley.  On some High Mountain roads, taken during this  Switzerland tour
Mountain village over 2000  metre over see level.
Mountain road (Furkapass)  2300 metre above see level

The Wolsely travelling through an old Village (Andermat )on the old main road

The car has been off the road for some time since Kurt  has begun a restoration,  but he says that “Problems always stop me”. . .   It seems that Kurt  during this time has restored two other cars 1927 Humber and a 1960 TR3A.

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1960 Wolseley 1500 Mk I  owned by Kurt

Kurt has owned this little car for 17 years, since he bought it in Hereford England in 1983.  Since completing the restoration in 1986 he has been using it to travel and rally in Europe visiting
 England, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Liechtenstein. The car has managed this with "No Trouble

WOLSELEY REGISTER ENGLAND 
AWARDS
1989 Special Award 1500 Class and 1st 1500 Class
 1993 Distance Award
1995 Overall Concourse First (with Caravan)
 

Modifications

1999/2000

Kurt says that Switzerland has many mountain roads and pulling a caravan gives the car many disadvantages. So here are some of the modifications that he has made. Unable to find a left hand drive steering rack for the 1500.  He fitted one from a Morris Minor

Having missed the fifth gear of  his everyday car while travelling the long distance motorways in France Kurt fitted a Ford Sierra 5 speed gearbox.   the Clutch housing  was used from an MGA modification Kit.  Kurt says this was a difficult fit because the space in the 1500 was a bit narrow and he had to  make the gearbox tunnel a little larger,  then having to  make long holes in the gearbox housing  for the steering rack  with  special covers for the holes to keep the dirt from entering.

The gear stick was moved 8cm forward to accommodate the MG box,  plus it  required a clutch cylinder with a 5/8’ bore

Heavy roads where Kurt lives  meant  Kurt was changing an axle every few years, so he now uses the   lower arm and  Eye bolt including rubber from a Morris Marina 1.8 litre.  He uses polyurethane bushes  and  had to modify the eye bolt slightly.  The wheels  were made bigger (from 3’ to 4’)  So he could fit 155 x 14 tyres.  Finally some front shock absorbers from a Mazda 121 complete the modifications .

Kurt said a test run over two mountain roads proved very satisfactory

One thought on “1960 Wolseley 1500 Mk I”
  1. max says:

    The Austin/Morris/Wolseley 1500 was originally supposed to replace the Minor – but didn’t! These cars were built on the Minor floor-pan & mechanical s so that’s why a Minor LHD rack will fit. Australia later added a few inches into the wheelbase to give more room to passengers. A mate had a Major Elite many years ago & it was never as good handling as my Austin Cambridge A60 with the same engine, as the bigger A60 was much better handling and more comfortable too.

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Restoring the 1947 Wolseley 14/60                    -                     owned by Kurt Hoppe


photo was taken in 1983 and gives an indication of the condition of the car when it was                                     Kurt purchased. this car in 1983

Having bought the car in England, Kurt Drove it the 1200 km back to Switzerland.. When he arrived home Kurt made a few repairs and took his family on a “big test drive through Switzerland”

Kurt sent me some photos of The Wolseley. On some High Mountain roads, taken during this Switzerland tour

Kurt sent me some photos of the Wolseley, on some High Mountain roads, taken during this Switzerland tour.

Mountain road (Furkapass) 2300 metres above sea level

The Wolseley traveling through an old Village (Andermat0 on the old main road. Village over 2000 meres above sea level
The car has been off the road for some time since Kurt has begun a restoration, but he says that “Problems always stop me”. . . It seems that Kurt during this time has restored two other cars 1927 Humber and a 1960 TR3A.

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.1960 Wolseley 1500 MK I


Kurt has owned this little car for 17 years, since he bought it in Hereford England in 1983. Since completing the restoration in 1986 he has been using it to travel and rally in Europe visiting England, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Liechtens

               Wolseley Register England Awards

1989 Special Award 1500 Class and 1st 1500 Class 1993 Distance Award 1995 Overall Concourse First (with Caravan)


Modifications 1999/2000 Kurt says that Switzerland has many mountain roads and pulling a caravan gives the car many disadvantages. So here are some of the modifications that he has made. Unable to find a left hand drive steering rack for the 1500.

Having missed the fifth gear of his everyday car while travelling the long-distance motorways in France Kurt fitted a Ford Sierra 5 speed gearbox. the Clutch housing was used from an MGA modification Kit. Kurt says this was a difficult fit because the space in 1500 was a bit narrow and he had to make the gearbox tunnel a little larger, then having to make long holes in the gearbox housing for the 

steering rack with special covers for the holes to keep the dirt from entering. The gear stick was moved 8cm forward to accommodate the MG box, plus it required a clutch cylinder with a 5/8’ bore.  Heavy roads where Kurt lives meant Kurt was changing an axle every few years, so he now uses the lower arm and Eyebolt including rubber from a Morris Marina 1.8 litre. He uses polyurethane bushes and had to modify the eye bolt slightly. The wheels were made bigger (from 3’ to 4’) So he could fit 155 x 14 tyres. Finally, some front shock absorbers from a Mazda 121 complete the modifications. Kurt said a test run over two mountain roads proved very satisfactory. . . 

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                                                One thought on “1960 Wolseley 1500 Mk I”

  1. max says:

    The Austin/Morris/Wolseley 1500 was originally supposed to replace the Minor – but didn’t! These cars were built on the Minor floor-pan & mechanicals so that’s why a Minor LHD rack will fit. Australia later added a few inches into the wheelbase to give more room to passengers. A mate had a Major Elite many years ago & it was never as good handling as my Austin Cambridge A60 with the same engine, as the bigger A60 was much better handling and more comfortable too.

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    Wolseleys  rusting.  to late for restoration? .


              These photos were taken outside of Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

  This car is not in good condition, generally regarded as not worth the effort.
 It seems all cars go through this period. The stage between having a useful life, and that a highly valued classic car.   Many never make it . These cars are disappearing!


Wolseley 6/110 by 
November 22, 2016 
On a recent Visit to Peter Shannons place at Jambin recently, I took a snap of this recently unused and wasting away Wolseley.

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1925 Wolseley AC8   

One that did not get away
                               A total Restoration By John Handley


This one did not get away

1925 Wolseley AC8 total restoration by John Handley.