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Homepage. This page: A dignified Wolseley 16 saloon car of the early 1930s caught on film.

Wolseley 16.

Amongst a collection of papers and photographs relating to Welland's Garage was this period shot. The car in question is a 1933 version of the Wolseley 16hp six-light saloon car. The registration, JB 1297, indicates that it was first registered in Berkshire. The offside front wing displays a few scuffs and nerfs, so the car was several years old at the time of this photograph. Note the full-width wheel discs fitted to it, and also the distinctive design of the front bumper, something that would be replaced by a single bar for the 1934 season. The 16hp replaced the previous Viper in the company's brochure, and while its appearance was similar to the outgoing model, the 16hp can be readily identified by the presence of plated ventilators, set into the scuttle sides, ahead of the front doors.
The "Sixteen" only had a short production run, namely 1933 through to 1935, during which time just 2,232 examples are believed to have been built. The engine powering this car was a straight-six of 2,025cc capacity, producing 50bhp and driving the rear wheels through a four-speed gearbox.
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A Wolseley 16hp
Thanks to Jenny for sending over the photograph.
Visit page 17 in the vintage gallery, or return to the gallery's main index page where many more early motoring images, including others featuring Wolseleys, may be found.

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