Lot 360 - 1957 Wolseley 6/90, Series III

Lot 360 - 1957 Wolseley 6/90, Series III

Lot 360 - 1957 Wolseley 6/90, Series III

Lot Number 360
Registration LVS 805
Chassis Number RAJ 138041
Engine Number H8342
Estimate £3,000 - £5,000
Result Sold - £2,377

The Wolseley 6/90 was produced from 1954-59, which replaced the 6/80 as the company's flagship model. It was badged as the six-ninety on the bonnet and 6/90 on the boot lid. Whereas the 6/80 had shared most of its body panels with the Morris Six, the 6/90 design was similar to the Riley Pathfinder. Morris, Riley and Wolseley had all been owned by the Nuffield Organisation which had merged with Austin to become BMC and all three marques would soon be heavily involved in BMC's badge engineering; for Wolseley enthusiasts, in retrospect, the 6/90 seemed like the last true Wolseley, being visually distinct from contemporary (and cheaper) Austin and Morris offerings. The Pathfinder and 6/90 were still essentially Nuffield designs, although BMC rationalisation meant that the Wolseley received the new BMC C-series straight-6, an engine that produced 95bhp coupled to a four speed manual transmission.  The hand brake control was under the dash to the side of the steering column, the leather trimmed front seats were mounted closely together and the rear bench had a fold down centre armrest. The Motor magazine tested a 6/90 in 1955 and found it to have a top speed of 96mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 17.3 seconds. Series II Wolseley 6/90s, introduced for 1957, included leaf springs on the live rear axle, a more conventional walnut dash and a floor-mounted gear lever, unusually on the righthand side, in righthand drive models. In production for only eight months, the Wolseley 6/90 Series II gave way to the Series III in 1958 after only 1,024 had been built.

The maroon coachwork of this example is in good condition, although a little time and attention would show a marked improvement. The interior is in fine order, with the grey leather seats being unmarked. The lovely wood dashboard along with the picnic tables in the rear make this a car to be enjoyed and provides a good entry level to the classic car market.

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