On looking through some old photo’ albums today I came across a poor quality picture of a car. (see below)
It is the second car I owned, a Wolseley 1500. I bought it circa 1970 from a dear friend, Geraldine R Humpidge, who died in 1991 aged 94. I would have been 47 years old in the year she died, so our friendship was indeed inter-generational.
Wolseley was never a major British car manufacturer. It made “nice cars for the middle classes”, and for a long time it was the preferred car for Police use. (Old British films with a police theme will often show a Wolseley police car.) Wolesley was eventually absorbed by the “Nuffield Group” (Morris, M.G., Riley etc).
The blue Wolseley 1500 which I owned (registration 403 ABX) was a winner. Despite its boxy and un-aerodynamic shape it could move. I once drove it at 100 mph on the M4 Motorway. It had a nifty enough engine (1500 cc, hence the unimaginative name of the car) and a very responsive shift-stick, 4 speed gear box.
Best of all, the fascia was trimmed with real walnut!
I sold it to one of my brothers when I was in my freshman year in seminary, in order to finance a trip to Kenya and Tanzania.
Then it was sold again and again. But the “cool” thing is that the three subsequent owners were my brothers: Andrew Povey, Stephen Povey, and Martyn Povey.
Memory lane is about a funny old car which four Povey brothers owned and enjoyed.
The scanned photo' is of the very Wolseley 1500 which I and three of my brothers owned. The photo' dates to 1971/72.
Here is a better picture of a Wolseley 1500 ( though it's not the one which I owned)