Who remembers my Wolseley Ten?
SIR - Legend has it that back in the 1950s my 1947 Wolseley Ten made an epic trip from the Kent coast to the West County (possibly North Devon or Somerset) towing a 17ft Swedish Lifeboat. During the trip, it is told that the lifeboat slipped off its tra
SIR - Legend has it that back in the 1950s my 1947 Wolseley Ten made an epic trip from the Kent coast to the West County (possibly North Devon or Somerset) towing a 17ft Swedish Lifeboat.
During the trip, it is told that the lifeboat slipped off its trailer damaging the Wolseley's roof and that towards journey's end, the little 1140cc engine finally gave up the ghost and seized.
The car was returned to Kent where it was left untouched until 1970, when it found a new owner (the person from whom I purchased the car in 2002), who undertook a sympathetic restoration, returning the car to the road in 1971.
Since then, the Wolseley has given regular and reliable transport, has appeared in a few films and toured much of the UK and Europe.
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Now, once again, some 50 years since its last fateful trip, the Wolseley will make a return journey to the West Country (this time from Nuneaton) to attend St. Margaret's Church Fete in Northam, on Saturday.
I would love to hear from anyone who remembers the car from its last visit in the 1950s or indeed the fate of the Swedish Lifeboat.
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The car is the last of the Wolseleys to use a separate chassis with a coach built body. Built in Birmingham, the 'Wolseley New Ten' was introduced in 1939. Production halted throughout World War II. Production recommenced in 1946, when it was marketed simply as the 'Wolseley Ten'. Production ceased in March 1948 with a total of 7,000 cars having been built.
St. Margaret's Church Fete is held in the gardens of the Rectory adjoining the church in Northam, and opens to the public at 1pm.
Andrew Daw, Nuneaton,