Wolseley 1300

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EN­GINE 1275cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 58bhp@5250rpm TORQUE 69lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 88mph 0-60MPH 17.3sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 26-32mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, three-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOMETER 49,779 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

It starts on the first turn of the key – al­though you need to wig­gle the gear se­lec­tor in neu­tral to find the sweet spot be­fore you can fire up the en­gine. The au­to­matic gear­box – which has had a com­plete over­haul – is a bit slow to change down on in­clines but the changes them­selves are smooth. The Hy­dro­las­tic sus­pen­sion is fully gassed-up and the brakes stop the car qui­etly and smoothly, with no pulling to ei­ther side. The hand­brake holds the car eas­ily.

BODY­WORK CHECK

There are a cou­ple of flaws in the driver’s door – a small dent and some light scratches in the mid­dle, plus some mi­nor bub­bling in the paint to­wards the lower A-pil­lar – the lat­ter is mir­rored on the pas­sen­ger door. Else­where, the only real paint is­sues are some im­per­fec­tions around the front in­di­ca­tors. The wheel arches are rust-free, the win­dow rub­bers ap­pear brand new and most of the chrome is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, though there are some rust flakes on the rear bumper. The over­rid­ers are un­scuffed and un­pit­ted.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

There’s no peel­ing or crack­ing to the wooden dash­board lac­quer and the vinyl dash­board top looks like new. The head­lin­ing is com­plete and in good con­di­tion, marred only by a yel­low stain run­ning par­al­lel to the near­side gut­ter­ing. The door­cards and stor­age pock­ets have worn well, al­beit with some age-re­lated splits. The seats are clean and com­fort­able and ev­ery­thing from the lights, wipers and horn to the heater con­trols work as they should. Seat­belts are fit­ted up front only and look in fine or­der.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The en­gine idles well, with no un­to­ward ex­haust smoke. There’s no hint of over­heat­ing – thanks, no doubt, to the new wa­ter pump. The low mileage and ex­ten­sive ser­vice his­tory show that pre­vi­ous own­ers have taken great care of it – a fact made clear upon open­ing the bon­net. There are a few cor­roded con­nec­tors and specks of cor­ro­sion on the air fil­ter pipe and ra­di­a­tor cap, but fluid lev­els are healthy and the mostly orig­i­nal parts are stand­ing the test of time. The ra­di­a­tor fan is new and the bat­tery fresh, but oth­er­wise it’s quite a time­warp un­der the hood. Even the heat­shield is present – a rar­ity on these cars, be­cause they’re of­ten pinched for Mini projects.

THE CCW VIEW

This charm­ing and lov­able slice of 1970s’ mo­tor­ing his­tory can still hold its own in mod­ern traf­fic. The over­hauled gear­box works well, the cabin is re­mark­ably quiet and most of its orig­i­nal fit­tings are still in­tact. It’s not ex­actly cheap, but it’s low-mileage, one of the rarer ADO16s and has show-win­ning po­ten­tial if given the right care and at­ten­tion.

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