Motoring Memory – Wolseley 6/90
You may ask how anyone could choose a Wolseley 6/90 over a Borgward Isabella, a MercedesBenz ‘Ponton’ or a Jaguar XK140, all of which were launched in 1954. To which I would reply: ‘Because I like them.’ And not merely for Gerald Palmer’s coachwork, elegant though it is. No, the sound of that C-Series engine with its distinctive transmission whine and the sight of the illuminated radiator badge instantly transports me to a mythical England where ne’er do wells smoked Woodbines on bomb sites. The association of the Wolseley marque with police cars in 2/6d budget supporting features is not a mere side issue but the 6/90’s raison d’etre in my eyes. Watching Edgar Wallace or Scotland Yard films on late night television not only led me to become a cinema historian but inspired my love of motor cars of this period. It is, therefore, irrelevant to contend that there are ‘better’ new cars of 1954, because none of them fulfils this subjective, highly idiosyncratic and very real set of criteria. Nearly every reader will have his or her list of priorities for a classic car, and for several, the memories they evoke are stronger than any performance figure.