Mar­que devo­tees have plenty to cel­e­brate in 2017

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

Wolse­ley en­thu­si­asts will be cel­e­brat­ing sig­nif­i­cant birth­days for eight of the man­u­fac­turer’s clas­sics – and the com­pany it­self – this year.

The best-sell­ing Wolse­ley ever, the 1500, is cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary. Launched along­side its Ri­ley 1.5 sis­ter car, 103,394 1500s were built be­fore pro­duc­tion fi­nally ended in 1965.

Wolse­ley Mo­tors Limited was first reg­is­tered as a com­pany in 1927, mark­ing the cul­mi­na­tion of de­ter­mined bid­ding by Wil­liam Mor­ris, who bought the bank­rupt com­pany for £730,000, fa­mously us­ing his own money.

The Se­ries III mod­els – 12/48, Su­per Six 16hp, 21hp and 25hp – are cel­e­brat­ing their 80th an­niver­saries, hav­ing been launched at the Earls Court Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber 1937.

The Wolse­ley 1100 and 1300 MkII – and the Wolse­ley 18/85 vari­ant of the Austin Mor­ris 1800 ‘Land­crab’, also in­tro­duced in March 1967, at the Geneva Mo­tor Show – each turn 50 this year.

All these an­niver­saries will be cel­e­brated by the Wolse­ley Regis­ter dur­ing its An­nual Rally at Bel­ton House near Gran­tham, Lin­colnshire, on 30 July, with 1500s tak­ing pride of place.

The pre­vi­ous day will see cars driv­ing through Lin­colnshire on a morn­ing visit to the his­toric Kinema in the Woods at Wood­hall Spa and later the Lin­colnshire Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre.

Wolse­ley Regis­ter spokesman An­drew McA­dam says: ‘Every­one is wel­come to come along, join in the fun and cel­e­brate these great cars!’

The Wolse­ley 1500 is 60 this year.

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