1948-1954 WOLSELEY 6/80

Won­der­fully evoca­tive post-war masterpiece of Nuffield en­gi­neer­ing with all the right styling cues

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It might look like a Mor­ris Mi­nor that’s eaten all the pies and has a very closely re­lated Mor­ris Six sis­ter. But this is a pass­port back to so many pe­riod 1950s’ po­lice dra­mas where chil­dren were clipped around the ear and adults told to move along. Or pos­si­bly hanged. The Wolseley de­lights on many fronts – its split wind­screen and long, cen­tre­hinged bon­net, mag­nif­i­cent ra­di­a­tor grille with il­lu­mi­nated Wolseley badge and – most won­der­ful of all – six-cylin­der His­pano Suiza-based (yes, gen­uinely!) straight-six en­gine. And let’s not for­get the sump­tu­ous in­te­rior, or the fact that it cruises eas­ily at 70mph and han­dles bet­ter than most of its con­tem­po­raries. There are few 6/80s left on the road, but a fair num­ber linger like mo­tion­less bul­bous ghosts await­ing restora­tion.


Check for rot around the head­lamps, door bot­toms, A-posts, floor­pans, boot floor and rear spring hang­ers.

En­gines had a rep­u­ta­tion for burn­ing valves even at low mileages, though most will have been fit­ted with hard­ened valves by now. Watch for over­heat­ing.

The trun­nion and swivel pin setup in the front sus­pen­sion can wear rapidly if not prop­erly lu­bri­cated.

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