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ur mys­tery No. 249 this month is an early- to mid ’50s Euro­pean. It’s a light­weight two- to three-seat open car but didn’t sell that well, at un­der 5000 units — per­haps sur­pris­ingly. What was this lit­tle car? Send your so­lu­tion to edi­tor@clas­s­ic­car.co.nz by Septem­ber 30, with ‘Mys­tery Car 249’ in the sub­ject line.

Our mys­tery car last month was the Wolse­ley 1000, sold by Leykor (Ley­land South Africa) in South Africa from Septem­ber 1967, with a MKII ver­sion ap­pear­ing in De­cem­ber 1968 through to Au­gust 1969. It was not a big seller, with only 450 built over that near two- year pe­riod. It was me­chan­i­cally a nor­mal Mini of the pe­riod, with a 998cc A-se­ries en­gine, and Hy­dro­las­tic sus­pen­sion, but it’s in the body­work that we see some in­ter­est­ing dif­fer­ences. The front end is Wolse­ley Hor­net, with the trad-style main ra­di­a­tor grille (com­plete with lit­tle light-up badge!) and the two smaller side grilles, but the rear end is or­di­nary Mini, with the stan­dard small boot rather than the neatly styled add-on boot of the UK se­ries pro­duc­tion Wolse­ley Hor­net, of which only small num­bers came into New Zealand: our main lux­ury Mini was the very sim­i­lar Ri­ley Elf vari­ant, a pop­u­lar lit­tle car over here.

Other dif­fer­ences to be seen in­clude the use of quar­ter lights and wind-down front win­dows. These were not fea­tured on Bri­tish mod­els but had been avail­able on Aussie-built Mi­nis for some time — no doubt the warmer weather con­di­tions in Aus­tralia prompted the re­source­ful Bri­tish Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) Aus­tralia en­gi­neers to come up with this use­ful de­sign change. Some­how, the de­sign change had reached the Leykor de­sign or pro­duc­tion staff, and it had been im­ple­mented on its ver­sion of the Wolse­ley. I have read some­where that com­plete doors might ac­tu­ally have been ex­ported to South Africa by the Aus­tralians — I’m not sure whether that’s a ru­mour or a fact, but let’s men­tion it in pass­ing. Funny things cer­tainly went on in the Bri­tish Ley­land world at that time! There were a few in­ter­nal dif­fer­ences, such as a changed dash­board with ex­tra pad­ding, plus wa­ter-tem­per­a­ture and oil-pres­sure gauges and warn­ing lights.

And, to add a foot­note to this un­usual Wolse­ley, guess what hap­pened in late 1969 — to re­place the car, Leykor’s next con­fec­tion was an­other Mini vari­ant, this time with a stan­dard Mini front end, but a Hor­net/elf-style boot on the back! One won­ders whether a job lot of left­over Hor­net/elf rear ends was sent over from Bri­tain for Leykor to use up, as (co­in­ci­den­tally?) pro­duc­tion of both cars ceased in Bri­tain in late 1969.

We were sur­prised at how many of you re­mem­bered our mys­tery No. 247, the durable Stan­dard At­las van and its later Ley­land ver­sions. They are very rare birds these days, but one of our en­trants ac­tu­ally has a cou­ple of them, so some do sur­vive. Our win­ner was Robert Sher­man.

of the smaller Mi­nor car in­tro­duced in 1929 (5) 7. Your clas­sic may suf­fer from over-, un­der-, or, if you’re un­lucky, even bump ----- (5) 12. This US com­pany mar­ket­ing an oil-treat­ment ad­di­tive was a ma­jor sup­porter of mo­tor sport from the 1960s on, with Andy Granatelli its pro­mo­tion fig­ure­head (1,1,1) 13. Ger­man tun­ing com­pany ini­tially known for man­u­fac­tur­ersanc­tioned high-per­for­mance vari­ants of sev­eral Mercedes-benz mod­els: since 2005, it has been a wholly-owned sub­sidiary of Mercedes (1,1,1) 14. En­gine com­po­nent, de­fined as the jour­nal on the crank­shaft to which is at­tached the con­nect­ing rod to the pis­ton (8) 15. French com­pany, its Pan­hard-based aero­dy­namic sports-rac­ing cars won the In­dex of Per­for­mance at the Le Mans 24-hour for four years in a row (8) 19. French word mean­ing ‘rac­ing team’ (6) 20. Well-known Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle maker, its pre-war two-stroke de­signs, ad­vanced for the time, were suc­cess­ful in com­pe­ti­tion; the Squir­rel se­ries mod­els were per­haps its best-known prod­ucts (5) 21. First name of a five-time world land-speed record holder, first to 500 and 600mph (805 and 966kph) (5) 22. Pro­lific record-break­ing driver Ge­orge Eys­ton used the Fly­ing ----- to make world speed records for diesel ve­hi­cles in 1936 (5)

An­swers to last month’s cross­word, No. 289 Across 1. Scamp au­to­bahn 9. Towns 10. At­lantic 11. As­tra CKD Al­lard 17. blower 18. AJS 21. ro­tor Ley­land Over­land 25. Mi­das 26. TVR Vixen Velox

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