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Wednesday 28 February 2018

1957 WOLSELEY 1500 - Brightwells Auctions Leominster Classic & Vintage Sale Wednesday 7th March 2018 Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0D

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Brightwells Auctions
Leominster Classic & Vintage Sale
Wednesday 7th March 2018
Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0D

1957 WOLSELEY 1500
Registration Date: 1957
Make & Model:  Wolseley 1500
Colour  Burgundy/White
Registration Number  SSJ 836
Chassis No. WA1/L/6747
Engine size 1,500 cc
Engine No. WA1/L/6747
DocumentsV5C; MOT history print out
Estimate No Reserve

By the mid-1950s, the Morris Minor was getting a bit long in the tooth and the BMC board decided they had better start planning its replacement.
However, much to their delight, the good old Moggie continued to fly out of the showrooms so they changed their plans and decided not to replace it, but to offer a more upmarket version which would be badged as a Wolseley and a Riley instead. Using the excellent Morris Minor floorpan, suspension and steering as a base, they fitted the larger 1,489cc B-Series engine and the 4-speed MG Magnette gearbox, clothing the lot in a compact and well-proportioned 4-door saloon body.
Both versions looked basically the same but had slightly different front end styling, the Wolseley getting a more traditional interior aimed at the more mature buyer, leaving the sportier, more powerful Riley to appeal to their younger clientele. The Wolseley was powered by a 43bhp single-carburettor engine, which gave it a top speed of nearly 80mph. Some 103,400 were made in total before production ended in 1965, although fewer than 800 are still road registered in Britain today.
If you have the good fortune to live or work in Tewkesbury – The Gateway To The Cotswolds – you may well be familiar with this Wolseley 1500, as it has been the vendor’s everyday car for the last eight years. His only car. That says volumes about the reliability of BMC’s diminutive gentleman’s saloon (the car, that is, not the gent).
This 1957 two-tone 1500 is not perfect but wears its age well. The paintwork is a little tired and there is some rust appearing but it is in better condition than most 61-year-olds (have you looked in the mirror recently?).
The engine and the back axle were rebuilt about two years ago but the vendor neglected to keep the receipts. The interior is original if a little tired although it should respond well to attention – new carpets, hide food and application of beeswax polish to the walnut dash and cappings will make all the difference.
This Wolseley is a stylish and sensible practical classic that, with a caring owner, could carry on being a daily driver. For even more pep, you could always drop an MGB engine in...



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