Wolseley: A Very British Car

Author: Anders Ditlev Clausager
Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd

Winner of the Michael Sedgwick Award 2017, presented by the Society Of Automotive Historians in Britain for the best motoring book in the English language demonstrating excellence in research and writing, published in the previous 12 months.

2017 review by Guy Loveridge.

To most of us Wolseley is a somewhat peripheral British marque. It was never a “Glamour” name in the same way as Riley or MG and did not seem to possess the staying power of an Austin or a Morris, and yet, as this meticulously researched new “tome” reveals, Wolseley were in at the very beginning of the British motoring industry, and were one of the very last of the “badge engineering” names to shuffle into quiet redundancy under British Leyland in the 1970s.

The author has brought a fastidious level of research to his subject and presents with a lightness of touch that belies the true depth of analysis and detail. The illustrations are glorious and the design of this book makes reading either as a work of study or of pleasure a joy. For those readers to whom Wolseley is “one of those funny Minis?” or the more dedicated fan who already knows about “Beetle” and the Gordon Bennett trials and Eustace Watkins et al, this book is something that delivers knowledge, entertainment and explanation page after page. I was lucky enough to have my copy a number of months ago, and have enjoyed the reading of it twice so far. I know it will become a well thumbed title in my library, despite the weight and inevitable “heft” involved in lifting it down from the shelf!

In addition to the initial financial support from the MSMT, the author also received the 2017 Michael Sedgwick Award for this book. The award, presented annually to the best book on a motoring subject, is decided by an independent committee, organised by the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain and includes a £250 cheque from the MSMT.

304 pages (270mm x 210mm), hardback in dustjacket.  200 illustrations. This book is now out of print

Published 2016

Price: £60

ISBN: #978-1906133733

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