1912 Wolseley Type M5

The Collection’s Exhibit

Delivered to the Shuttleworth family in July 1912, this was the first car to be purchased by Frank Shuttleworth, Richard’s father. It was the family’s personal car and used for many years, including for taking the numerous guests visiting the house and their luggage to and from Biggleswade station. Restored in the late 1980s, the total distance covered is believed to be less than 10,000 miles.

The Wolseley marque has its roots in surprising places. Irish born Frederick Wolseley established the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine company in Australia in 1887, setting up a Birmingham branch two years later and employing as works manager Herbert Austin

It was Austin who was to make the first Wolseley badged cars – a pair of three-wheelers in 1896, and a four-wheeler in 1899. Wolseley died in 1899, and Austin established the Wolseley Tool and Machinery Company with armaments manufacturers Vickers Maxim as owners in 1901. Early Wolseleys had horizontally mounted single or twin cylinder engines – the single cylinder model proving successful in the Thousand Miles Trial.

In 1904 Wolseley’s directors took over the company of J D Siddeley, who was already making cars with vertical engines, and appointed him their designer and sales manager, causing Herbert Austin to leave the company and later to make cars under his own name. The Siddeley designed cars were of advanced specification and proved highly successful (some badged as Wolseley-Siddeleys) but arguments over this dual naming resulted in Siddeley leaving the company in 1909.

In the period leading to the outbreak of the First World War, the Vickers owned Wolselely company was to manufacture a wide range of four and six cylinder vehicles – of which the ‘Twenty Four’ was one of the most popular – and by 1914 was the largest automobile manufacturer in the United Kingdom.

Wolseley made motor sledges for Captain Scott’s ill-fated 1912 Antarctic expedition to the South Pole but they were abandoned in favour of dogs.


Manufacturer: Wolseley Tool & Motor Car Company Ltd
Model: ‘Twenty Four’ Limousine
Engine: 24hp inline six cylinder
Top Speed: 50 mph


It is believed, although not proved, that Dorothy Shuttleworth may have learned to drive in this car.

This car may be available for wedding hire.

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