Se­ries VI time­line

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - DRIVING -


The BMC Fa­rina range is launched with the Wolse­ley 15/60. The newly de­signed hull may be in­nately stylish with many Ital­ianate touches, but the new car has sim­i­lar me­chan­ics to its pre­de­ces­sor.


The Mor­ris Ox­ford Se­ries V joins the range with a dif­fer­ent in­te­rior, heav­ily re­vised chrome work and dash­board and the de­lights of a sin­gle front bench seat, if that was your thing.


Es­tate ver­sions of the Mor­ris Ox­ford (Trav­eller) and Austin Cam­bridge (Coun­try­man) are launched, though this sort of prac­ti­cal­ity is ob­vi­ously deemed too lowly for the more up­mar­ket MG, Wolse­ley and Ri­ley vari­ants.


Whole­sale changes to the en­tire BMC Fa­rina range lead to the Se­ries V Ox­ford be­com­ing the Se­ries VI. This lat­est car has less ex­u­ber­ant tail fins, an in­crease in en­gine ca­pac­ity to 1622cc, front and rear anti-roll bars, a longer wheel­base, a wider track and a changed in­te­rior. Buy­ers look­ing for an even more laid­back vari­ant than stan­dard can opt for an au­to­matic gear­box. A diesel Mor­ris Ox­ford is launched late in the year for taxi op­er­a­tors, who hap­pily say ‘yes, guv’ to 40mpg but also have to put up with a yawn­ing 0-60mph time of just un­der 40 se­conds.


Af­ter a rel­a­tive lack of mod­i­fi­ca­tions over a ten-year pe­riod, the Ox­ford sa­loon is laid to rest two years af­ter the Trav­eller. A cred­i­ble 202,823 cars have been built dur­ing its life­time.

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