1957 Wolseley 15/50

Highlights

  • Comprehensive history file with numerous receipts and photographic evidence
  • Recent service and repair work completed in January 2023
  • Rare factory sunroof, coach-built by Wolseley
  • Upgraded to electronic ignition, with original parts included

The Appeal

When it released in 1956, you'd be forgiven for thinking the 15/50 was a direct clone of of its predecessor - but the new B-Series engine and gearbox offered a top speed of around 78mph with slightly improved acceleration. Steadily, the car came into its own, with new features and creature comforts making it altogether worthy of its own badge. 

The Wolseley 15/50 remained in production until 1958 with 12,353 produced, and for many has gone on as a particularly distinguished post-war classic - with smooth, proud lines, a distinctive grille and a certain eye for luxury and elegance. This particular 1957 model stands out with its rare factory sunroof and a compelling history - it was initially owned by Sir Francis Low and entered services as a diplomatic services vehicle. 

The car has been kept garaged and presents very well, with only minor paint imperfections. The interior is in very good condition, with the front seats having been re-covered in fine Scottish leather, and the car has also been upgraded to electronic ignition for a touch of modern day convenience, all of which has been catalogued in its extensive history file.



History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1957
  • Initially owned by overseas diplomat Sir Francis Low
  • The V5C shows 6 previous registered keepers
  • Odometer/speedometer replaced in 1969, showing approximately 20,000 miles at the time
  • Last MOT expired in November 2023
  • Last MOT'd on 29th November 2022 at 48,827 recorded miles
  • Odometer now shows 49,379 miles, covering only 552 miles since the last MOT
  • Receipt for 2 Dalmarnock Hides in Antelope, from Ingleston Mulberry, purchased in October 2004
  • Huge file of receipts for parts purchases, service, and repairs
  • Photographic evidence of nine rebuilds
  • Last service and repair work carried out in January 2023, including: 
    • Brake master cylinder rebuild
    • New rear brake cylinders
    • Replacement of front suspension bushes
    • New steering gaiter
    • Silencer
    • New engine oil and filter, spark plugs
    • Top up of differential oil
  • Numerous photographs showing previous restoration work and engine rebuild



The Condition

  • The car presents very well but has some paint imperfections
  • Very useable classic as it is, but with a little work, it could be brought back to tip-top condition
  • Chrome is in good order
  • 5 new tyres fitted in February 2023
  • Underside appears solid with only light wear, commensurate with the car's age
  • Rare factory sunroof
  • Front seat coverings in very good condition following a reupholstery job in 2004
  • Rear seat coverings are in good order with no splits or tears - but are a little duller than the front seats
  • Woodwork (dash, door cappings, etc.) all complete, with light scratching and crazing here and there
  • Carpets are clean and bright with no excessive wear



The Mechanics

  • 1,500cc B-Series I4 powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • Engine bay is in very good order
  • Upgraded to electronic ignition, original parts still with the car
  • The car starts on the button and runs as it should
  • They do note some notchiness when changing down from 3rd gear to 2nd gear, especially when cold, but this is avoidable with experience
  • Car reportedly accelerates, brakes, and steers as it should with no noted mechanical issues



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Auction Details
  • Year 1957
  • Make Wolseley
  • Model 15/50
  • Colour Black
  • Mileage 49,379 Miles
  • Engine size 1500
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Scunthorpe
  • County Lincolnshire
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
16 Bids
  • FiskerS•••• £5,000 19/07/24
  • illogic £4,600 19/07/24
  • Edwards•••• £4,500 19/07/24
  • illogic £4,350 19/07/24
  • FiskerS•••• £4,250 19/07/24
  • illogic £4,000 19/07/24
  • Edwards•••• £3,900 19/07/24
  • illogic £3,600 19/07/24
  • FiskerS•••• £3,500 19/07/24
  • jimm132•••• £3,000 14/07/24

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