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Lawrences of Crewkerne have an unusual lot in their General & Collectors Sale on Wednesday 2nd December: a Wolseley 1100 Saloon Car, first registered in 1967.
It is fitted with a radio, twin SU carbs and has half-leather upholstery with duatone finish. The licence plate will also be of interest: FX 33, an early Dorset registration. In 1903, a motorcycle and 8HP Argyle car were both given the number BF 33. At that time such shared numbers were more common. However, in 1911 the motor car registration BF 33 was transferred to a 12HP Star car which in 1920 became FX 33.
"What makes this vehicle so interesting is all the original paperwork," observes Lawrences' specialist Jeff Day. "The sales receipt, old MOTs and various manuals show the costs of running a car forty years ago. In March 1967 the full purchase price was £873:18:5d (£873.91), which included delivery to Weymouth of £11:0:0d. A Rolls Royce Silver Shadow would have cost about eight times as much and a Mini was about £800. At this time, petrol cost five shillings (25p) a gallon, The Beatles were the top pop group, Flower Power was the thing in San Francisco and Radio One was born. Many people at the time would have loved to own a car and a two car family was extremely rare."
The car has a registered mileage of some 60,000 miles. The engine does run and the car starts quite easily. It has been unused for some 10 years and work does need to be done before the MOT can be passed. The car was undersealed in 1967 which has limited the rust damage. The vehicle has had only three owners - the husband and wife (who bought the car new in 1967) and the present owner. Lawrences are guiding the car and its registration at £1000-2000.
Viewing is by appointment only. Please contact Simon Jones or Jeff Day on 01460 73041 to make arrangements.
The sale starts at 9.30am on Wednesday 2nd December, and the car will be Lot 1.