Today’s car is 1933 Wolseley Hornet 6 Special Eustace Watkins Daytona 4 seat touring with coachwork by Whittingham and Mitchel. A very long name for a such a little car. It is owned by Robb and Nancy Stewart. I saw this car at Annual Horseless Carriage Show in Arcadia, CA. The car is finished in Brewster green with a black interior a tan top and boot. It is powered by a 45 hp, 1.3 liter, inline 6 cylinder engine with an over head cam, twin SU carburetors and mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with 4.11:1 rear axle. Slowing this beauty down are 11′ hydraulic drum brakes in all 4-corners. The front suspension is a solid axle with longitudinal semi-ellipical leaf springs with shocks. The rear suspension is a live axle with longitudinal semi-ellipical leaf springs with shocks.
The Wolseley Hornet 6s were produced from 1930 – 1935 with a total 0f 31,686 produced. The MSRP was £175.00 for the chassis and typical cost of £220.00 for the completed car. With a published top speed of 71 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 32.2 seconds.
This car was a “basket case”, having been dismantled in 1975. Robb purchase this “basket case” in September, 2008. assembled the car to see what he had and completed the restoration in 2017 with some help of his friends and the expertise of the Wolseley Hornet Special Club. This is a beautiful example of an original restored car that draws a crowd. What a great car to take to British car shows, Cars & Coffee events, or just going on a pleasure drive. Thank you for riding along. Frank