Manu­matic mem­o­ries

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

I very much en­joyed the fea­ture Top 10 1950s icons ( CCW, 20 Jan­uary), and my mem­ory was trig­gered by the term ‘Manu­matic’ in the ‘Fas­ci­nat­ing Fact’ at­tached to the Wolse­ley 15/50.

I never saw a Manu­matic Wolse­ley, but I clearly re­mem­ber, as a car-mad young­ster of nine or 10 years of age, see­ing a Manu­matic ver­sion of the Hill­man Minx. What caught my at­ten­tion was that al­though it was quite com­mon to see one with a col­umn gearchange op­tion, this par­tic­u­lar car had the gear lever po­si­tioned for right hand op­er­a­tion.

I’m pretty sure it had a ‘Manu­matic’ badge on the bootlid. As with the Wolse­ley, I very much doubt that any Manu­matic Minxes have sur­vived, but does any­one else re­mem­ber see­ing one, es­pe­cially with the gear lever on the ‘wrong side’? Stephen Moyce, Dou­glas, Isle of Man

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