EDI­TOR’S PICK WOLSE­LEY 1300

1970

New Zealand Classic Car - - Trade Professionals -

This wor­thy sur­vivor graced th­ese pages re­cently af­ter it was en­tered in the Eller­slie Intermarque Con­cours d’élé­gance, Sur­vivors’ Class com­pe­ti­tion. The cur­rent owner, Brian, stum­bled across this gor­geous Wolse­ley 1300 Au­to­matic in Septem­ber 2013 on a lo­cal auc­tion site, and sub­se­quently wasted no time in mak­ing the call for a more com­pre­hen­sive de­scrip­tion of the car. The news was good for Brian, and NZnew, Uk-as­sem­bled, gen­uine 55,000 miles (88,513km) and com­pletely orig­i­nal was enough to make the all-im­por­tant de­ci­sion, “Oh this will do.” It was the per­fect toy for an 82-year old self-pro­claimed ‘ leisure­ol­o­gist.’ Once the fi­nal price was ne­go­ti­ated the car was on its way to Auck­land from Can­ter­bury, where it had spent a large part of its life. Upon its ar­rival Brian ex­pressed him­self happy with the over­all ap­pear­ance of the Wolse­ley, it was ex­actly as de­scribed and had no griz­zles. There were sev­eral mi­nor main­te­nance is­sues that needed at­tend­ing to, such as the ra­di­a­tor, CV joints and en­gine mounts, and it was in want of a good tune-up. Brian also changed the en­gine oil, re­paired a mi­nor is­sue with the steer­ing, and gave the orig­i­nal red in­te­rior a good spruce up. Ac­cord­ing to Brian, “It’s just such a lit­tle gem, and I thor­oughly en­joy driv­ing it.” I was pleas­antly sur­prised when Brian took me for a drive from Orewa, over the hill to Wai­w­era. The Wolse­ley’s in­te­rior was spa­cious, eas­ily enough for four peo­ple, and the 1300cc en­gine was more than com­fort­able trav­el­ling at open-road speed, han­dling the steep climb with un­ex­pected ease de­spite be­ing au­to­matic. The ride was su­per smooth thanks to the hy­dro­las­tic sus­pen­sion, of­fer­ing a ride qual­ity equal to many mod­ern ve­hi­cles on the road to­day.

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