Also known as the Fourteen Series II the Wolseley 14/56 was presented to the public in June 1936 and replaced the earlier ‘New Fourteen’ that had been in production since 1935.
The beautiful example seen here is thought to have been built in 1938 and has had just two owners the first family had it in storage for many years before recommissioning it with engine and suspension overhauls.
Along with Easiclean pressed steel wheels the 14/56 could be ordered with a hand operated ‘Jackall’ hydraulic pumping system which could raise the front and or rear wheels off the ground for ease of maintenance and the frequent wheel swapping necessitated by comparatively poor quality tyres available at the time.
Wolseley was being integrated into the Lord Nuffield’s Morris empire by 1938 but despite this had the 14/56 was powered by a superior motor to the equivalent Morris.
The overhead valve twin carburetor six cylinder Series II motor was upgraded from 1604 cc / 97.8 cui to 1818 cc /110.9 cui however for reasons that are not at all clear to me this particular car has an officially quoted 1701 cc / 103.8 cui motor.
The 14/56 remained in production until September 1938, by which time 15,000 example had been built, when it was replaced by the Wolseley 14/60 Series III.
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