Drastic, mastic action as Wolsley Hornet’s soft-top hood leaked like sieve

MFC 1903 WOLSLEY

MFC 1903 WOLSLEY - Credit: Archant

Bob Kessler needed so much mastic to stop his Wolsley Hornet's soft-top roof letting in water that it became a hard top.

My first car was a 7hp 1937 Wolsley Hornet soft top which I bought from a workmate for £50 in around 1958.

This vehicle's hood was based on the 'pram' principle in the way it folded up but I made in into a hard top as it leaked like a sieve. So many coats of mastic were applied to make it waterproof that having the top down was no longer possible – but it did not leak!

One gadget that I have never seen on any of my many other vehicles was the ability, by lifting the floor boards under the driver's footwell, to reveal a four-way hydraulic jack. By selecting the appropriate valve, any of the four wheels could be jacked up without getting out of the car – useful in bad weather.

The lad in the picture is my eldest son who is now nearly 60. How times flies!

This little motor took us all on many outings for several years and was the most economical car that I ever owned.

Some of the cars featured in your My First Car series bring back memories of my many cars that I have owned since the 1950s.

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