1948-1954 WOLSELEY 6/80
Wonderfully evocative post-war masterpiece of Nuffield engineering with all the right styling cues
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.