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Wolseley Hornet Specials...

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. The coachbuilders were quick to fill this void although Wolseley also introduced a model initially called the Hornet Sports at launch in November 1930 and then the Hornet Semi-Sports (Feb 31) before once again reverting to the 'Sports' tag. By February 1931 at least ten coachbuilding companies were simutaneously 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.

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Hornet Special ads...

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Hornet Special Images...

The early years...

Hornet Specials road tests and articles...

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NB:The adverisements shown above are arranged chronologically.

 

Page last updated 3rd March 2015

31 Bryant Patrick Sports Special Hornet 31 McEvoy Hornet Special Abbey Hornet Spec May 31 Swallow Hornet A/C Hardy Hornet Hornet Specials Aug 31 Motor Sport Maltby Hornet March Hornet Jenson Spec LC May 31 Boyd Carpenter MS Feb 31 Old Motor-Hornet Specials The Swallow Hornet Special 1932 LCC Relay Race 32 McEvoy Jenson Hornet Autocar Readers Experiences Feb 31 EW Hornet Something Special A/C Sep 31 New Hornet Sport Chassis

NB: These images are arranged alphabetically by coachbuilder name.

Along with the M.G. Midget, sporting versions of the Wolseley Hornet fuelled the public's infatuation with speed and the open road during a decade when motoring boomed.

California Bound A/Car 33 Motor July32 EW Hornet test H.Specials Motor Mar 31

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1933 LC Specialized Bodies Swallow Hornet Line drawing Hornet Coupe Specials Arrow Hornet Coupe Test Arrow Hornet Coachwork Arrow Hornet Coupe 32 Jenson Hornet Coupe 32 Hornet Chassis Test 1932 Abbey Trophy Road Test Used 33 Swallow Hornet Test 31 Tickford Hornet Coupe 32 Hornet Special Coachwork 33 Hornet Special Coachwork 32 Hornet Chassis Leaflet CH 9763 1931 McEvoy Hornet Special b ed '31 EW Hornet Test LC Jan 31 1932 Arrow Hornet Coupe 1933 Maltby Hornet Special 32 Jenson Hornet Spec Motor 31 A/C Derrington Hornet Accs