By Maz Woolley
Here we have Parker models VE69 which is a Wolseley Series II as made between 1935 and 1937. This is sold as a white metal kit which consists of a body shell, chassis, steering wheel, four wheels and a Vacform. These models are primarily aimed at the model railway market but now that Oxford Diecast has popularised 1:76 as a collectors scale I hope that they will be of more general interest.
The Wolseley was basically an upmarket Morris using many Morris components. 15,000 were said to have been made before the Series III was introduced. Unlike the Morris equivalent at the time, the Wolseley featured an overhead valve engine and four-speed gearbox, along with ‘Easiclean’ steel-pressed wheels.
The Series II is often used in TV detective series set in the pre-war years as Wolseleys were widely used by the police and other authorities.
As usual the casting was clean and the kit assembled very easily. Unfortunately the vacform got lost and the model as shown has windows made using Krystal Klear.
This model fills another gap and would display well alongside Oxford Diecast’s model of the larger Wolseley 18/85.
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