Lot 1952

Description:

1969 Wolseley Hornet
Reg. no. LBH 236H
Chassis no. WA2S31335052A
Engine no. 99H111AH1613
Released in 1961, together with the similar Riley Elf, the Wolseley Hornet was, behind the upright radiator grille and wood-covered dashboard, basically a Mini with a boot. The car was aimed squarely at a sector of the market populated by people sometimes referred to by those in the motor trade at the time as ‘HSSKs’ – Head Scarf, South Kensington! These being, of course, fashion-conscious people, mainly women, who wanted a small, easy-to-drive car, which also offered a certain degree of luxury, and was more prestigious than a \'common-or-garden\' Mini. However, the car never really took off as BMC had hoped; the Mini proved to be one of the few cars in history that successfully bridged the British class boundaries – soon there was no shame at all to be had in turning up to a smart function in what had become a style icon. So the Hornet fell by the wayside after just eight years, in which time only 28,455 had been built. This is no reflection on the merits of the car – they drove like Minis, while also being more comfortable and, thanks to the boot, practical.
This Hornet from the last year of production was completely stripped down and rebuilt last year. The bodywork was found to be good and did not need much attention; the front subframes were removed, stripped and repainted, and the car was given a new wiring loom and completely new interior. It is now described by the vendor as being in ‘mint’ condition. Featuring the same 998cc A-Series engine and 4-speed manual gearbox as used in the Mini, it has covered just 52,000 miles from new, and should now last for many more years given the right care. The car comes with documentation of the restoration process, a V5c and a current MOT until May next year.

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£9,000-10,000

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9000


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