Feb-2018 Stoel albums progress – Wolseley Worldwide

February 15, 2018

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TEHA, the Europlate photo archive* comprises the photo collections of Members who have kindly offered their  now-historic (pre-1975-ish) pictures for the others to enjoy.    Press cuttings, b/w and colour photos and transparencies (slides) are all included in the sources.   The amalgamation of several collections has helped to identify plates previously uncatalogued, and even to discover new series.   A handful of countries remains to be completed, as time permits.

All Europlate members can find the entire Archive to date, which is supplemented every day by extra pictures and by added or corrected details, at thisaddress, current 25/11/2019:


TEHA website

Many of the photos in Members’ albums were principally taken to record  number-plates, but they also include background items of interest to other collectors, travellers and to old vehicle buffs, and a few such images follow in this chapter, which shows Wolseley cars around the world..

In a world now dominated by Japanese brands, it is interesting to look back on the earlier days of motoring, when British, American and European makers fulfilled the global demand for transport.    Then, in later post-WW2 years, dozens of once-famous marques ceased production and the New Asia became the bulk motor-builders, leaving only a handful of famous makes in the fields of specialist and luxury vehicles manufacture  to the ‘Old World’.

WOLSELEY was a high-quality British maker from the turn of the 20th century.   The marque was used by senior administrators of Empire, as witness this picture below of a gold Wolseley 25hp Mk.3 ‘Silent Six’ convertible carrying Governor Lt.-Grn. Northcott on a tour of Sydney circa 1938.

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and, above, on another occasion, showing the massive Lucas P100 headlights as fitted to many grand cars of the period.                (Europlate archive)

Below, a saloon model of the 14/56 owned by 1935-41 C-in-C New Delhi, circa 1937, sporting a privileged number  D 9.                          (Europlate archive)

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(BI – 1900-1947)
   A 25hp Wolseley on Dealer* number-plates 131 Z in late 1930s British India.   *Trade plates are thought to have been red on white.                           (Europlate archive)

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(IND – 1947-68)

Above – Morris Motors amalgamated with Wolseley in the 1930s and that union spawned the mighty Morris 25-6, or Big Six, which a casual observer would surely take for a Wolseley 25.     This 1930s chauffeur-driven Morris example MDN 66 was photographed in the Nilgiris tea-country at Ootacamund, Madras State, in 1968, as the mem-sahib went about her shopping.   The c.1936-ish car has been re-registered in to the c.1947-68 series.         (MDN = Madras State, Nilgiris region.)                                   (Brumby archive)

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(NZ)  L 10459  —  Unusually, this Morris 25 above, in New Zealand, was bodied as a van.   Registered (L) as a Light commercial, the 1956-61 plate series was white on mid-brown, L 10459.                           (Courtesy Helen MacFarlane)

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Above:    The 1938-41 and 1945-48 Wolseley 18/85 model found an export market in Uruguay, where Montevideo-registered 48-701 in white-on-black was seen alongside a Riley RMA 1.5 litre saloon 54-886.        (Photo c.1949, via Karel Stoel-Europlate archive)

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Above – Another Wolseley 18/85 in South America is this Argentine example, registered in 1951 Neuquen state, Lajas City.    The car would have probably have been from the 1945-48 post-war batch.   Plate 14 51 750.      (Europlate archive)

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Above  —  Carrying no plates, but the British Crown, this 1957 shot depicts the Wolseley 6/90 of the long-serving Governor of New South Wales.    Northcott served in that capacity from 1946 to 1957, being the first Australian to hold the post. (Europlate archive)

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(AUS SA 1930-66)  —  Another Aussie plate above, and with a privileged, low number SA 357, given to the Governor of South Australia, Sir Willoughby Norrie, for his Wolseley Six-Ninety.     This S/A series duration was 1930-66, this photo being circa 1957.    (Europlate archive)

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Above – Back in Britain, a new 6/90 Wolseley model meets its new owners, and is handed over by William Morris himself, by now a peer of the realm.   Jan 1958 Hertfordshire (county-registered   4 CAR.    (Europlate archive)

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This Wolseley 4/44 captured in a shed in the Northern Territory of Australia in early 1966, has always been a poser, because the L-prefix was for Lorries, not cars!               Any ideas?     White on black L 3531.                       (Brumby archive)

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AboveThe James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg Motor  Museum http://www.jhmt.org.za/   is an unmissable visit when in that city.

One exhibit is a rather jaded Wolseley 4/44, NPS 4422, from (former) Natal-Port Shepstone,  which keeps company with a Phase 2 Standard Vanguard, TJ 4390, from Transvaal-Johannesburg.   The white on black plates are from the 1914-71 series, both issued in the early 1950s.               (Brumby archive)

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(NZ – 1963-86)   DV 5573 is a Wolseley 6/99 in New Zealand c.2000.     (Brumby archive)

16-2-2018  POST SCRIPT – New Finds.     Can you identify them all?

Details now entered – 27/4/2018

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General MacArthur car  Sydney 1940s

Wolseley 699-r_NZ VB2003

(NZ – 1963-86)   BS 6496 – Wolseley 6/99

Wolseley 1560, NZ VB2003

(NZ – 1963-86)  AL 276  —  A Wolseley 15/68 serves in New Zealand    (Brumby archive)

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(ET  – 1913 – c.1956)    C 940  —  Cairo-registered Wolseley Hornet uses a cast-alloy plate, with the registration centre code C in red.  Taken in the mid-1930s.       (Brumby archive)

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(CL – 1928-40)  Z 84  —  Another Wolseley-derived Morris 25?    Note the Ceylon AA badge, now a rarity.    Z 84 is thought to be preserved in Sri Lanka by an active motor club.

The Blog images are taken from The EUROPLATE HISTORIC ARCHIVE

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Terry Gray’s old slides found!

June 12, 2013

UPDATE 21-12-14

Terry Gray has located the pictures he took on colour transparency film from the 1960s/70s!     They were thought to have been lost in a house move, 30 years ago….

Your Blogmeister rushed them to                          www.corriejeffrey.com

in Southampton, who speedily transmogrified them into digital pictures which now we can all see – providing we have access to a computer….       This is another wonderful event for Europlate and platesmen worldwide, as a few more rare images of extinct series appear unexpectedly before us, on the Europlate Blog!

What with the recently-released photo gallery of John Pemberton, and now his notated spottings from 1954 (more to come) and the slow release(!) of Bernt Larsson’s early shots, the Gray archive becomes our latest link with the past days of xeno-autonumerology.      Many thanks to T.G. – early member (number 9)  for clearing the attic!

A taste of the period Terry covered, without editor’s notes:    (Later – a request has been received for picture notes to be added, so keep visiting the Page and you should see it happen progressively, starting now.)

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David Powell explains:
I am fairly sure that the USSR plates with an ABT suffix were manufacturers’ plates for an organization called Autoexport who managed the export of Moskvich cars and vans.

Cedric Sabine adds:  The 1959 Soviet ABT series was for any vehicle travelling out of country and was issued by Moscow city. So, the export Moskvich cars would indeed have got them but other vehicles did too.

VB:  That would explain why Terry Gray pictured the Moskvich team in London, preparing for the start of the London-Mexico Rally in 1970.



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FT was the first prefix used in Tunisia after independence from France,in 1956, at which it had to establish a series for foreign residents, including diplomats in the new embassies in Tunis.    In this case, a member of the UN (ONU) had been accorded diplomatic status, to receive this plate.     FT abbreviated ‘Franchise Temporaire’ (Temporary Licence); such vehicles were allowed to enter Tunisia free of local duties, because they were to be re-exported at the end of the owners’ tours of duty. FT is thought to have run from 1956 to sometime in the 1970s.     Blogman knows only of FT 3 and FT 1142 which have been photographed in service.    Anyone else got a picture??  Terry Gray archive

June 25th.2013  Member Cedric Sabine writes that he has more pictures of this rare Tunisian FT plate series; we have asked if we might have his pictures to further illustrate this item……

21-2014       THANKS, CEDRIC!   What a batch!!

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This Triumph Toledo(?) has been to Saint Helena and back(!), and was photographed in Northamptonshire on its Helenan 669 plates.    St. Helena has also been seen with an SH prefix.         The owners were British government officers involved in the administration of the Territory, and their cars were returned at the conclusion of their duty there..




SYR 2480.    Between the 1950s and the 1970s, red plates in Syria were issued to public service vehicles including buses, which is what TG photographed in London in the early 1970s. Serials 2001-12000 were issued to Damascus. Long trip!



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16564. One of very few 1960-1970s Somalian plates seen was photographed – also in Northamptonshire -on a Mk 3 Ford Cortina, circa 1974. These were oddly well-made plates for such a backward territory; perhaps they were made for them by an international aid process – possibly Italian, as the former colonial power?      In recent decades, the few Somalian vehicles seen in news broadcasts have generally run without bearing plates, as no registration system exists.     Breakaway Puntland (1998), Galmudug (2006) and Somaliland (1996) have established their own systems (see RPWO).



Somalia mini front plate, a la Italiano.

Somalia mini front plate, a la Italiano.



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SD 8016 is from the original Swaziland series running from the 1920s to 1979. This Mk. 1 Ford Cortina was seen near Brackley, England, during the 1960s.



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From 1937 to ?, these white on red Swedish plates were issued to vehicles temporarily imported.          Terry Gray saw this Fiat in Europe in the 1970s, carrying a normal Swedish plate of the period underneath.



The unusual sighting of this old Swedish tourist import plate was at a Morris Minor rally in Oxfordshire in June 2013!      (Brumby archive)

The unusual sighting of this old Swedish tourist import plate was at a Morris Minor rally in Oxfordshire in June 2013!                  (Brumby archive)



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San Marino issued special plates to the city police in different sizes for cars and motorbikes.     A poor shot, unfortunately, but it must be kept for posterity, as so few were issued and ever fewer were photographed….. (Gray archive)




From 1958, while still the Belgian Congo, this Belgium-manufactured (Howoco?) series was introduced.     It continued from 1960 independence under the re-named ‘Rep. of Congo (Leopoldville)’ (oval RCL).      If this were a  Congo Belge (CB)-issue, the T would mean it came from Kasai province, but after 1960, the regional codes became simple serial letters.     Later two letters with three numbers LL-NNN superseded these L-NNNN plates. The provenance of this picture is presently unknown. (Gray archive)



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From the 1960s to 1995, Argentina’s first countrywide series was issued, with a letter for the State and a up to 6 numerals.      B 131859 is from Buenos Aires (county).      Somewhat dull, in white on black, but a rare sight outside Argentina.      This Peugeot 404 in an odd colour is probably a car manufactured under licence in (RA), where a different colour range was available.                        (Gray archive 1970 London)

Yves Laussecq Comments below:

Regarding the 404 PEUGEOT picture, I’m quite sure it was the vehicle of Gaston Perkins during the 1970 LONDON-MEXICO rally



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Member pseudonym’d  ‘BlackVolga’  identifies the smart oval plate in red and black on white, CD 442 as for Roumania Diplomatic Corps from 1968 to  1992.      On a BMW 2000 ‘Touring’, a fine-looking car in its day.                (Gray archive)

These and hundreds of others were taken in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s and captured by Terry as slide transparencies, which are difficult to view except by old projectors, but  give a very clear and well-coloured image, when converted to computer  files (.jpg).

Any readers who have slides, might consider their conversion thus; the lady Corrie who did these being highly recommended AND economical!

More to follow in later Posts.    Updated 15062013

Which Argentine series is it?

September 27, 2012

Seen in Buenos Aires in 1989, I never did find out what category of plate this was.     Any ideas?

Thanks to Bernt – see Comment below.

Unknown RA m/c

This Argentine Dealer plate was an oddity – and what a great thing to see!   (see Comment)

Argentine Dealer plate on locally-built Fiat

Because Argentina made its plates so well in years gone by, many survive in excellent condition, as has this San Vicente enamel example from 1929.   I found it  in a massive old milk factory in which a man named Nestor Corsi made new Ford Model T’s out of original parts which he gathered in from farms all round Uruguay and Argentina.    He manufactured anything he couldn’t find, including any style and colour of body, and sold them all to collectors abroad, mostly in USA and Switzerland, he told me.

1929 enamel plate from Argentina (VB collection)

It used to be at least twice a year we would see Argentine cars in London, during the 1960s.    Here is a Beetle near Putney, as always in  those times, carrying an international oval!

Cordoba-registered VW in London in 1968.

And a big American car of the period, from province of Buenos Aires, rather than from the city area.   It displays the usual very large RA oval which owners obtained from the Automobile Club of Argentina, as witness their shield.  Seen in Kensington, 1960s.

The oddest Argentine sighting for me was a 1920’s car bumbling along the road from Kuching to Lundu in Sarawak, in January 2011!     It belongs to a family which is circumnavigating the world.    Their movements are documented in several sites, one of which is: