Car of the Month
CAR OF THE MONTH 132: January 2019
1899 Wolseley 3.5hp Voiturette
For the start of the new year, we go back to the dawn of motoring and feature the second oldest car ever to appear on these pages, created by Herbert Austin for the Wolseley company 120 years ago. It was his first four-wheeled car design and formed the basis of production models that Wolseley introduced in 1901. Its front-mounted engine has a single horizontal cylinder which projects forward, as the crankshaft is transverse in relation to the chassis. Steering is by a tiller rather than a wheel (see photo insert, top right). The 1300cc engine could propel the car to a maximum of 20mph, but the legal limit in England was just 12mph at the time. Austin successfully drove this car in the 1900 one thousand mile trial from John O'Groats to Lands End.