CAR OF 1959


Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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.

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