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Wolseley

Named after Frederick York Wolseley (England, 1899-1976).
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In 1895 the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Company asked Herbert Austin, who had worked for them in Australia, to design a car with which they could enter the motor business.


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Wolseleley emblem.

The result was a tricar fitted with a, flat-twin engine, inspired by the French Lion Bollie. Four-wheeled prototypes appeared in 1899, and a 3 3/4 hp single-cylinder example competed in the 1000 Mile Trial of 1900. A horizontal engine was a feature of all Wolseleys until 1905. But Colonel Siddeley, a Wolseley director and importer of French cars, insisted that vertical-engined Siddeleys or Wolseley-Siddeleys appear alongside the old horizontal engined models, a compromise that probably hastened Austin's departure, when he started building vertical-engined cars under his own name.

After he left in 1906, models were known variously as Siddeleys, Wolseley-Siddeleys or Wolseley/Siddeley liaison lasted until 1910 with large four and six-cylinder cars prevailing.

During World War One Wolseley built the ohc Hispano-Suiza V8 aeroengine under licence, so it was no surprise to find this camshaft layout on their 1.3 litre 10hp model after the war. Other variations on the same theme were the 12 hp and 15 hp models; in 1925 the 10 developed into the 11/22, while the ohc layout was replaced by a cheaper side-valve layout for the 16/35, which superseded the 15 in the same year.

Although a new ohc six, the 16/45, appeared in 1927, the company had gone bankrupt in the meantime, being snapped up by William Morris in the face of opposition from Herbert Austin. It was not long before the Wolseley-inspired ohc began appearing in the contemporary MG and Morris models, the 1928 Wolseleys being a 2.7 litre straight-eight and a four-cylinder 12/32. The 21 /60, a six, followed, being a Wolseley edition of the Morris Isis.

A significant event of 1930 was the appearance of the ohc 1.3 litre Hornet, while larger six- and eight-cylinder cars were also available. Although the Hornet was later increased to 1.4 litres,1936 was the last year of the ohc Wolseleys. Pushrod-engined replacements included the Super Six and 1.8 litre 14/56.

The post-war era saw the Morris-inspired ohv 8 and 10, while the four-cylinder ohc 4/50 and the six-cylinder 6/80 reverted to the old Wolseley tradition, the latter power unit being shared with Morris. However, the 4/44 of 1953 used a detuned MG TD engine, though rationalization was reflected in the 1500 of 1958, in effect an expanded Morris Minor. A variant of the Mini, the Hornet, appeared in 1962, while plusher versions of the fwd 1100 and 1800 models displayed the famous illuminated radiator badge, a feature of the marque since 1933.

(Vintage European Automobiles)


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Wolseley emblem.

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Wolseley logo.

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Wolseley license holder.

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Wolseley emblem.

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Wolseley logo.

WOLSELEY EMBLEMS
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Wolseley Hornet MK II emblem. (1961-1969). The name "Wolseley Hornet" was a revival of one first used on a 1930s sports car.

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Wolseley Badge. (source: smenzel).

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Wolseley Badge. (source: smenzel).

wolseley vavlve cover stick

Wolseley valve cover sticker.

WOLSELEY PLAQUES
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Wolseley chassis plate, after 1965.

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Wolseley chassis plate for 6/80 and others.

WOLSELEY ADS
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1969 Wolseley 18/85 ad.

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COMMENTS
Kanate Wangpaichitr3324 days ago

Hi Sir,

I would like to buy the Wolseley Badge? Where can I buy? Please advise.

Best wishes,

Kanate

CT3324 days ago

We are not currently selling emblems, but we are working on it, since we get so many requests.

CT is simply an online gallery, blog and news venue and has no products to sell (other than what is in our “store”). We are looking into expanding into emblems, since we get a considerable amount of requests, stay tuned.

robert2703 days ago

Enjoyed seeing the classic wolseley badges. My dad had a Wolseley when I was a kid - the badge was lit, and would show in the dark, which always seemed cool to me!

hi I got one of those badges from our old wolsely hornet mini , my dad scrapped the car years ago but gave me the badges and steering wheel badge , and only the hornet part is in half it broke in half , but id be willing to part with them all if youd like and it would make you happy
if that's ok to say

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