COACHWORK FOR THE "HORNET SPECIAL"
AS the new Hornet chassis is produced specially for coachbuilders, no standard body being supplied for it by the makers, ample opportunity is given for the motorist to satisfy his individual taste, and in the extensive range of bodies which have been designed for this car there should be something to please every taste and pocket.
The higher compression ratio and other modifications to the engine, combined with stiffer chassis, bigger brakes, more powerful lights, and other attractive features, form an excellent basis for the coachbuilder's art.
Abbey Coachworks Ltd.
This firm is producing two new bodies for this Hornet. One is called the Abbey Special, which is similar to the well known model on the standard Hornet, except that a 12 gallon wedged shaped rear tank is fitted, with a quick release filler cap. The scuttle is curved to deflect the wind over the driver's head when the screen is down, and both doors are cut away to give plenty of elbow room. The price is £265.
The second model is the "Falcon," a full 4-seater model with a disappearing hood, and the spare wheel sunk into the back. The price is £275.
Both models include full equipment, such as an Ashby steering wheel, screen folding from top or bottom, and double windscreen wipers.
Eustace Watkins Ltd.
A choice of three bodies is provided for the new Hornet by this concern, a short road test of the " Daytona " open 2-4 seater appearing on another page. This model has an 11-gallon rear tank, with electric petrol gauge on the dash, cycle type wings, stoneguards, etc., and is specially tuned to reach 80 m.p.h. Other items include a racing type screen and wind deflectors, also an Ashby flexible steering wheel. The price is £275 or £250 with the standard E. W. body as fitted to the standard Hornet.
Two closed bodies are also provided, the 2-4 seater "Silex " coupe, at £280, and the Tickford coupé, with folding head, at £285. Both models have extremely attractive lines and remarkable room in the interior, and are available in a large choice of colour schemes. Access to the rear compartment is easy owing to the very wide doors and hinged seats. The " Silex " model, which has a fixed head, is fitted with celluloid lights in the roof to give increased light and vision. All models are on view at 12, Berkeley Street, W.
Kevill-Davies and March Ltd.
A special 2-seater with occasional seating or luggage space for two more has been designed by the Earl of March, and is distinguished by its very modern lines and excellent finish. A 12-gallon rear tank is fitted, while the bonnet has the louvres at an angle to conform with the body lines. Other features include quick filler cap, reserve tap on dashboard, double screen wiper and wind deflectors on the scuttle. The tool box is fitted above the petrol tank, and the wings follow sweeping lines instead of being close up. An Ashby steering wheel is fitted, and the price is £289.
Patrick Motors Ltd.
This well known Birmingham sports car firm are specialising in an open sports body with full room for four passengers, the rear compartment being unusually roomy and fitted with wells in the floor. The bonnet-louvres, screen, and other lines are raked uniformly. This model is one of the lowest priced obtainable, selling for £250 complete.
WHEN the Wolseley Hornet was first introduced to the motoring public it was as a family saloon. It was only when the remarkable smoothness and excellent acceleration of this engine became known that various enterprising coachbuilders began to realise that here was a car which was particularly suited for use in a more sporting guise. The result of this was the range of Hornets with sporting coachwork which soon found a ready sale, and are now on the road in such large numbers.
The success of these "special editions" led the Wolseley Company to concentrate on the development of a model specifically intended for high road speeds, to be sold as a chassis to coachbuilders, who could then express themselves as they wished in the production of various individual types.
A full description of this new chassis, known as the Hornet Special, is given in this issue, and here we are more concerned with the exact effect of the latest introductions on the performance and handling of the car on the road.
For purposes of this test we took the opportunity of a run in the E. W. "Daytona Special," as it is called, this being the open sports model produced by Eustace Watkins, Ltd., of 12, Berkeley Street, and listed at £275 complete with a most pleasing specification.
This model is specially attractive to the man who wants to vary his ordinary motoring with a little competition work, and who does not want a car which will suffer from hard driving over rough country. Inspecting this model with this point of view in mind, we were particularly impressed by the great rigidity of the body work, and the immense strength of the cycle type wings. The new and much larger brake drums of the new model have given the chance of mounting this type of wing rigidly on the anchor plate, and the way this has been done in this case is very good indeed. In addition to the stiff mounting and the full valance on the inside of the wheel, giving excellent protection for the body, the edges and tips of the wings are heavily reinforced, and should stand up to the hardest treatment.
The body itself is very comfortable, the controls falling well to hand, and in spite of the short wheelbase, there is excellent leg room, and the seats are fully adjustable.
One of Ashby's "Brooklands" flexible steering wheels adds greatly to the finished appearance and also to the comfort and ease of driving.
On the road the points that immediately strike the driver are, firstly, the extreme ease of control under all conditions without strength or effort, and, secondly, the feeling of great rigidity in the chassis.
Excellent acceleration, combined with an exceptionally easy gear change, make the car well suited for modern road conditions, and this is well matched by the power of the brakes. These are very light to operate, but progressive and free from fierceness, and really positive in results.
The steering is very light, and, in common with many modern cars, rather low geared, but owing to good self-centreing this is little noticed. Steadiness on corners is remarkable, and the front of the car—probably due to the "crab track" of the new model—is absolutely steady and free from skidding under really violent treatment. This lateral stability inspires great confidence, and with the excellent road holding on the straight, makes it a car on which really long journeys would not be at all tiring.
Further contribution to this feature is made by the extreme mechanical silence of the whole chassis, third gear being indistinguishable from top as far as noise is concerned.
The twin carburetter system and new exhaust arrangements have given a very lively engine which combines real flexibility wit "snap" acceleration. This model is a real 75 m.p.h. machine, and can be obtained with an 80 m.p.h. guarantee. An 11-gallon rear tank with a quick filler cap completes the equipment of a car which is definitely going to enjoy a very large market.
Motor Sport, May 1932
Hornet Special by R.E.A.L.: Patrician coupé and Continental two-seater.
THE are many enthusiasts who desire a car of outstanding performance, which carries a closed body, and yet at the same time retains the smartness and beauty of outline generally confined to the open sports car. They will find their wants admirably filled by the new "Patrician" coupe 2/4 seater Hornet Special, which has just been placed on the market by the R.E.A.L. Carriage Works, Ltd., Popes Lane, Ealing, W.5.
As will be seen from the accompanying illustration the "Patrician" is a beautifully proportioned 2/4 seater coupe, with a single panel sloping windscreen, eddy-free front, sliding roof, and a semi-flush spare wheel mounted at the rear. Equipped with concealed direction indicators, dual arm windscreen wipers, concealed luggage boot, and chromium plated bright parts, the car can be supplied in an attractive range of 8 colour schemes, and at the price asked, £285, represents extraordinarily good value for money.
The instant success of the Hornet Special showed very clearly the market for a small and compact sports car with a good performance.
The "Continental two-seater, which is marketed by Pox and Nichols, of Tolworth Motor Service Station, Kingston By-Pass, Surbiton, is a notable addition to the range. All the Specials which have so far appeared have been either occasional four seaters or saloons, but Mr. Fox has made a notable break-away in the car under review.
The design owes some of its inspiration to the Alfas and Fiats whose graceful lines one admires so much on the Continent. The long well-louvred bonnet and the sweeping wing line suggest effortless speed, while the pneumatic upholstery and universally adjustable seats look after one's creature comfort. The tail is entirely devoted to a carpet-lined luggage space, capable of holding two large suitcases or even a small trunk, which is readily accessible by raising a large hinged lid. Golf clubs can be accommodated between the suitcases, and as there is a space between the seats, the car will even carry fishing rods or other lengthy impedimenta within the body space.
The hood, when not in use, is completely concealed, but is readily erected on raising a hinged flap on the tail.
The colour scheme of the car we saw was most attractive, the top part of the body being a slate grey and the sides and chassis black, a red band edged with white separating the two colours and following the sweep of the body. Red wheels were also fitted. The body has been built by Abbey Coachwork Ltd., and the finish and rigidity is in keeping with their usual high standard.
The Hornet Special chassis has been described frequently in these columns, and does not require further mention, but the clean lines of the body should allow an improvement on the 75 m.p.h. which these chassis attain.
Motor Sport, August 1932
Motor Sport, September 1932
HORNET IMPROVEMENTS FOR 1933.
Cylinder Liners, Enlarged Back Axle, New Type Clutch and alteration in Rear Track size among refinements developed by experience in competitions.
THOSE who have had experience of that delightful little car, the Hornet Special, will not be surprised to hear that Wolseley Motors have not introduced an entirely new sports model for 1933. Instead, they have confined themselves to making detailed improvements to the Hornet Special Chassis—gilding the lily as that may seem.
Our readers will remember that the Hornet Special Chassis was produced in May last with a view to adding various qualities essential to a sports car to the already lively normal Hornet Chassis, such as improved brakes and road holding, increased power and better lubrication.
Now, after some four months of intensive experience in trials and competitions, culminating in the magnificent victory of the marque in the Relay Grand Prix at Brooklands, when a team of three E.W. Hornet Specials averaged 82.68 m.p.h., certain minor refinements are to be included in the car's specification for 1933.
To begin with, centri-cast hardened cylinder liners are fitted to the cylinders, and with the addition of a special scraper ring below the gudgeon pin of the dome-top pistons, should prevent wear and ensure minimum oil consumption.
The clutch is of a new single plate type, with flexible centre and cushioned discs, providing a perfectly smooth action.
The gear box is of the same design as previously, giving four forward ratios with double helical constant mesh and third speed gears, but the whole unit has been strengthened, and roller bearings fitted to the lay shaft.
Following racing practice the accelerator pedal is now of the organ pedal type and has been moved to the outside, instead of between the clutch and brake pedals. Another small refinement is in the improved spring-spoke steering wheel.
The back axle has been generally enlarged, the crown wheel, pinion, and all bearings being of a more robust construction—a wise move in view of the really remarkable power given off by the 6 cylinder engine.
As far as the chassis is concerned, the greatest alteration lies in the widening of the rear track to 3ft. 9in., so that on the 1933 model the front and rear track will be the same. The front springs have been slightly modified, thereby improving the already excellent steering qualities of the car.
Finally the wheels are alternatively of the Dunlop Magna or centre lock type, with 27in. x 4.75in. Dunlop tyres. The price is £175.
Motor Sport, September 1932
1933 COACHWORK FOR THE HORNET SPECIAL CHASSIS.
E.W. Eustace Watkins, Ltd., 12, Berkeley Street, London, W.1.
THE well known range of E.W. bodies mounted on the Hornet Special chassis will remain much the same for 1933. First of all, there is the "Daytona" Special 2/3 seater, the chief alterations to which are a less sloping bonnet and scuttle, which will give a rather more sporting line; a wider and deeper petrol tank, which slightly modifies the shape of the back of the body; the instrument board is made to conform to the shape of the two cowls over the scuttle; and a choice of two types of wings, either the close-up cycle kind, which were standard on 1932 models, or a new and very attractive type of long flared, helmet wings.
Then there is a new model, the four-seater sports saloon, which is a very pretty fully panelled body, capable of carrying four adults in comfort. Two wide doors are fitted, and the quarter lights provide good vision for the rear passengers. A clever feature of this body is a new type of single panel windscreen, which can be wound open with one hand, and is self-locking. Flared wings, similar to those on the new "Daytona," and a sliding roof are standard fittings.
The "E.W." International 2/4 seater remains the same as last year. It will be remembered that this model has cutaway doors and a folding windscreen. For an extra £5, a longer body can be supplied, giving a greater degree of comfort in the back seats.
The "E.W." range is completed by the two popular coupes, the " Silex," a 2/4 seater job, with a sliding roof, and the "Ariel-Tickford," which has a 2/4 seater folding head body, of the well-known "Tickford" pattern. PRICES:
"Daytona" 2/3 seater, £275.
Four-seater Sports Saloon, £295.
"E.W." International 2/4 seater from £250 to £270.
"Silex" 2/4 seater coupe, £280.
"Ariel-Tickford" coupe, £285.
Jarvis & Sons, Ltd., Victoria Crescent, Wimbledon, S.W.19.
The sports model built by this well known Wimbledon firm of motor agents and coachbuilders is a very comfortable two seater, with lines of a four seater, but the rear compartment is only intended for luggage. The car is extraordinary attractive in appearance, which is no doubt accounted for by the body being carried well within the wheel-base of the car. The mudguards are gracefully flared, and with a large rear petrol tank and rear spare wheel mounting the car looks a real thoroughbred. The door is cut away, and brought forward into the scuttle for easy entry and exit, and an ordinary outside hood is fitted. A prettier car we have seldom seen—and the price is £265.
R. Hardy & Sons, Ltd., 50, High Street, Marylebone, London, N. W.
A newcomer to the ranks of sports bodies of the Hornet Special chassis is the Hardy, which is supplied in two forms, an open sports four seater, and a sports salon.
Dealing first with the four seater, the manufacturers have designed tte body with the aim in view of providing comfortable accommodation for four adults, and in this they have succeeded with great success. The two doors are cut-away in a graceful sweep; the back panel is neatly curved, and the spare wheel is mounted at the rear. An interesting point is that the rigid side-screens can be left in position when the hood is down. Flared wings add to the beautiful appearance of the body, and the complete car sells at £275.
Turning to the saloan, here again it is apparent that comfort has been studied by the makers as a major consideration, there being plenty of room for four people. A sliding roof is fitted, and with the 8 gallon rear tank, leather-covered pneumatic upholstery, and comprehensive equipment, the whole car is an extraordinarily attractive propnsition at £185.
Abbey Coachworks, Ltd., Chase Estate, Acton. London agents: E. C. Stearns & Co., 16, Fulham Road, London, S.W.3.
The well-known "Trophy" model, a road test of which appeared in tue July issue of Motor Sport, will be practically unchanged for 1933.
Interesting details of this graceful body are the disappeiring hood, and the flush fitting mountiug of the spare wheel in the rear panel. The price is £275.
Messrs. Jensen Motors, West Bromwich. London agents : C. R. Andrews (Motors) Ltd., 30a, Bourdon Street, Davies Street, London, W.1
On the open Sports model special care has been taken that the driving position should be really comfortable. The steering column is well raked, and with an Ashby spring-spoked wheel, pneumatic upholstery, and thin-fraimed windscreen, providing excellent vision, the car is ideal for fast long-distance touring. Another good point is that there is plenty of head room when the hood is up. The appearance of the car is very smart, the bonnet being louvred both at the sides and on top. At the low price of £255 the Jensen should prove a very popular car.
The three seater coupé is a luxurious little car, with a sloping, eddy-free type front and neat triangular quertet-lights. Dummy hood-irons are fitted, and the valance is louvred along the length of the car. Similar mud-guards to the open body are supplied, and the interior of the car is finished in the best quality furniture hide to match the cellulose, while the wood work is polishecl walnut. A rear trunk is fitted as standard. This model costs £268.
Finally the new sports saloon, a comfortable car on similar but larger lines to the coupé, which sells at £290.
A.E.W. The Bedford Garage, Bedford Road, Alexandra Park, N.22.
One model only is marketed by this concern, a new two seater, which has been specially designed for touring, with ample luggage accommodation in the tail. This comfortable two seater sells at £235.
ARROW BELLE-VITE. Arrow Coachworks, Ltd., Boston Road, Hanwell, London.
Futuristic lines are made use of in the new Arrow Belle-Vite model to provide a very striking design. The sweeping mudguards are not only faired, but are louvred as well, and the bonnet is louvred to conform with the bonnet strap. The car is a full four seater, and sells complete at £285.
M. A. McEvoy (London), Ltd., 146, High Street, Notting Hill Gate, London, W.11.
Full details are not yet to hand of the 1933 model McEvoy Hornet Special, but we understand that it will be a specially tuned car expressly intended for competition work.
Fox & Nicholl, Ltd., Tolworth Motor Service Station, Kingston By-Pass, Surbiton.
The "Continental" two seater was described in last month's issue of MOTOR SPORT, and is a beautifully stream-lined car built on the lines of certain Italian sports cars which are so admired on the Continent. The car is a two seater only, with a large luggage space in the tail, and the long mudguards are gracefully curved. The spare wheel is mounted on the tail, and the windscreen folds flat.
Patrick Motors, Ltd., 479-481, Bristol Road, Bournville, Birmingham.
The two Patrick bodies on the Hornet Special chassis remain fundamentally the same for 1933, but certain refinements have been incorporated. On the "Pendine" four seater, the lower edge of the bonnet is now straight, and parallel to the top, instead of following the downswept line of the frame as heretofore. Then the height of the wind screen has been reduced by 2 inches, and the doors have been slightly cut away, in order to provide arm-rests. Other features of the body, such as the disappearing hood, which drops neatly into a locker behind the back seats; the Leveroll front seats which provide easy entry to the rear of the car, and the provision of two spare wheels, remain the same.
The alterations to the coupé body lie in a greater slope being given to the windscreen, the line of which is continued in the shape of the door and scuttle, and the substitution of long flared wings instead of the semi-close up type fitted last year. The price of the coupé is £285, while the "Pendine" open sports four seater costs £275.
R.E.A.L. Carriage Works, Ltd., Popes Lane, Ealing, W.5.
The " Patrician " coupe sold by this concern was fully described in last month's issue of Motor Sport. The chief features of the body are the sloping, eddy-free front with a single panel windscreen, the graceful line of the rear panel, in which the spare wheel is half sunk, concealed direction indicators, and a wide range of colour schemes.
Accommodating four passengers in comfort, the "Patrician" coupé has already distinguished itself in competition, winning a first prize at the Ramsgate Concuurs d' Elegance.
The price is £285.
The Swallow Coachbuilding Co., of Foleshill, Coventry. London Agents: Henlys, Ltd., Euston Road, London, N.W.1.
Of the two models listed by Swallow's for 1933, the two seater remains practically unaltered from the 1932 model. In the four seater, however, a great effort has been made to increase the amount of room in the rear compartment, with the result that two adults can now be carried in comfort. Alternative windsereens of either one or three panels can be supplied, while the equipment including bumpers fore and aft and a racing type filler cap on the 12 gallon rear tank, is very complete. The two seater costs £255, and the four seater £260.
Motor Sport, September 1932
* most of body styles described in this article are identical to those illustrated above as 1932 models.