Acquired by Lord Nuffield in 1927, Wolseley served as the upmarket counterpart to Morris until the creation of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in 1952 saw the Corporation’s various makes rationalised.
Although dating from the BMC era – it was introduced in 1952 – the Wolseley 4/44 had been developed during the Nuffield days. The 4/44 shared its unitary construction body/chassis with the contemporary MG Magnette and was powered by a 1,250cc four-cylinder overhead-valve engine. Coil-sprung front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering were noteworthy features. Belonging to the period immediately prior to BMC’s wholesale adoption of ‘badge engineering’, the 4/44 was one of the last of the Wolseley marque’s products retaining a semblance of individual character. Almost 30,000 had been completed when production ceased in 1956, but today survivors are relatively rare.
Offered in good all-round condition, these elegant Wolseley’s offer a concrete, and affordable entry into the classic car world, being welcomed in many classic car events due to their iconic and beautiful design.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.