CAR OF 1959
Of all the wondrous vehicles that made their debuts in 1959, my choice must be the Wolseley 6/99. In my opinion, it remains one of the most handsome British cars ever made and, even more importantly, it was the backbone of the nation’s film industry for many years. Actors might have fluffed their cues, the scenery might have flexed and wobbled, and the director may have fallen into a coma, but the Wolseley of Justice would always arrive bang on time in even the cheapest of B-features. Whether it was a daring bank raid in New Malden or a diamond heist in London Docks, the sound of a clanging Winkworth bell frequently heralded the imminent appearance on-screen of a 6/99 squad car lurching around the corner. The many and various second features of Merton Park Studios would have been all the less without the presence of the Big Farina with its beautifully evocative illuminated radiator light, nicknamed the ‘Ghost Light’.
1959 – when men were men and cars were apparently absolutely enormous.