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Lady Nuffield's 'Wolseley' restored at the Heritage Motor Centre‏

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In the centenary year of the production of William Morris, Lord Nuffield’s first motor car, the Heritage Motor Centre has teamed up with the National Trust to help preserve another car that played a part in his life story

A modest Wolseley Eight dating from 1946 that his wife, Lady Nuffield, used as her every-day transport is about to receive attention in the Museum’s vehicle workshop.  The Wolseley normally resides in a small garage beside Nuffield Place, Lord and Lady Nuffield’s home near Henley-on-Thames.  Nuffield Place was taken on by the National Trust in 2012.

Laura Gangadeen, House Manager at Nuffield Place said “We wanted to get Lady Nuffield’s Wolseley back in running order to help us promote the work that we are doing at the house, the home of William Morris and his wife for almost 30 years. We are delighted that the team at the HMC are able to help us out with the project.”

Stephen Laing, Curator at the Heritage Motor Centre added “We are pleased to be able to assist the National Trust with the refurbishment of Lady Nuffield’s car. The extensive Morris collection here at the HMC very much complements Nuffield Place.  In particular, in the Museum we have William Morris’ own Wolseley Eight, almost identical to his wife’s car, which he used to travel back and forward to work at Cowley.”

The car has now arrived at the Heritage Motor Centre and work will soon start to check it over and give it a mechanical overhaul.  The Centre is giving its time on the project free-of-charge and will also advise on the future upkeep of the Wolseley.  Once the work is completed, the car will return to its home as a regular feature at Nuffield Place.

Nuffield Place home to William Morris, Lord Nuffield is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 – 16:00.

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