Sold Cars 1933 Wosley Hornet "Swallow" Special
- Year: 1933
- Make: Wosley
- Model: Hornet "Swallow" Special
- Engine: 1271cc 6 cyl. OHC
- Transmission: 4 Spd.
- Price: SOLD
Almost immediately after its launch in April 1930 the first Wolseley Hornet Specials began to surface. Who could blame the coachbuilders for wanting to fit lightweight bodies to a comparatively small rolling chassis that was equipped with an advanced 1271 cc, SIX cylinder OHC engine. At launch it was the smallest capacity six cylinder car on the British market and while the factory models sold very well, the motoring public wanted to see a Hornet sports car. By February 1931 at least ten coachbuilding companies were simultaneously producing Hornet Specials in Sports, Coupe and Saloon body versions and by the end of that year many more had joined the party! Throughout 1931 ever increasing numbers of Hornets could be seen in clubman competitions primarily in circuit racing events, (notably at Brooklands) as well as in the famous long distance trials of the period, in which they performed with some distinction. The Wolseley Hornet Special – supplied in chassis form only – was introduced in 1932 with a modified and tuned 12hp six cylinder engine with twin SU carburetors and high compression pistons and duplex valve coil springs. A stronger front axle and larger 12″ drum brakes were also fitted. The chassis was fitted with bodywork of varying designs by outside specialist coachbuilders. This Hornet, made by the infamous Swallow Coachbuilding Co. from Coventry & was distributed by Henly House for only 260 Pounds Sterling. Swallow Coachbuilding became famous for designing what inevitably became the Jaguar SS-100 when Sir William Lyons bought the small Swallow Coachbuilder. These 6 cylinder Wolseleys were the best performing cars of their day. This Hornet was owned & cared for by its last owner of 38 years & has some great history. The story was during WWII it was buried in a hidden place in Singapore to keep from being taken by the Japanese Army. It had many years in Singapore being rallied as often as possible by its then owner. It is one of the rarest sports cars to on this side of the pond to have surfaced in years. It was restored many years back in its beautiful Dark Blue paintwork w/Brown Leather interior. She had its motor & 4 Spd. gone thru & she performs wonderfully. She is ready for her next caretaker to enjoy as often as possible.