Wolseley Hornet Special, 1935
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Wolseley Hornet Special, 1935

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Wolseley Hornet ‘Daytona’ Special, year 1935. Colour crème white (Old English White) combined with a red leather interior and red carpet. Black mohair hood. This gorgeous Wolseley Hornet began life as a saloon car; in the year 2009 the automobile was extensively restored in Germany by a make specialist. In the rebuild the saloon bodywork was exchanged by a period Eustace Watkins (of London, U.K.) ‘Daytona’ bodywork which was also fully restored in the process. The car is powered by the original (overhauled) very smooth-running original 1271 cc straight-six engine which is mated to a four-speed manually operated gearbox. This fine special is in superb top condition and the car gives you that special pre-war driving experience to the fullest! The windscreen can be folded, something period owners did for a ‘free practise’ outing on the famous Brooklands motor course in England. This is a rare six-cylinder Hornet and it is a very desirable and very well built special!


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The Wolseley Hornet Special was produced between 1932 and 1934. The standard Hornet versions were already in production from the year 1930. The Wolseley Hornet was designed upon a modified Morris Minor chassis.
The Hornet Special was equipped with a 1271 cc. six-cylinder in-line engine. The straight-six that powered the Hornet Special was a modified and tuned Hornet engine. The engine was equipped with two S.U. carburettors, high compression pistons and duplex valve-coilsprings (to cope with the higher maximum engine speed). The Hornet Special engine produced 47 bhp. giving the car a top speed of approximately 80 mph. Additionally the Special was equipped with a stronger front axle and larger drumbrakes; the Special was equipped with 12" drumbrakes all round.

Technical data

six-cylinder engine
cylindercapacity: 1271 cc.
capacity: 47 bhp.
top-speed: approx. 130 km/h - 80 mp/h.
gearbox: 3- speed manual

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