OWNER'S Q&A

Classics Monthly - - Reader Resto -

WHAT CLAS­SICS IN­TER­EST YOU THE MOST?

I love Fifties cars, es­pe­cially sa­loons, as I’ve never really been into sportscars. My first car was a VW Bee­tle. Back in the day I’ve also had Anglias, an Es­cort, HA Viva, a Cortina and a Wolseley 18/85 Land­crab.

WHY CHOOSE THE WOLSELEY 1500?

I was look­ing for an MG ZA or ZB Mag­nette but the cars I saw were really too far gone to make good projects. Then one day a chap told me about this Wolseley 1500 in a garage in a nearby vil­lage, so I had to have a look.

WHAT WAS THE TOUGH­EST PART OF THE PROJECT?

Prob­a­bly drop­ping the back axle. It’s heavy and all the old bolts were so badly rusted in place they had to be cut out. I’ve re­placed the whole lot with new BZP nuts and bolts.

HOW DO YOU LIKE TO USE YOUR CAR?

Mainly for trips to lo­cal car shows and the oc­ca­sional drive out just for plea­sure. I al­ways find pedes­tri­ans no­tice the car and stop to stare at it. I should really drive it more.

WHAT AD­VICE WOULD YOU GIVE A FIRST-TIME RE­STORER?

Never give up! And choose a model where ad­vice and spare parts are read­ily avail­able, like a Mor­ris Mi­nor or an MGB.

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