Wolseley 6/90 Series I
1954-1956, 6258 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
The first true "BMC era" big Wolseley arrived in 1954 to replace the highly successful 6/80, the new model became known as the 6/90. The 6/90 was a blend of Riley Pathfinder body (although with many design differences) and a smooth, C-Series, 2639cc, six cylinder engine which could be found in many other BMC products of the time.
The 6/90 had a higher body than the Pathfinder, although this did not detract from its graceful Gerald Palmer styling. All of the usual Wolseley features could be found, including illuminated grille badge, wood and leather interior trim.
The Wolseley 6/110 first appeared in 1961 as a replacement for the previous 6/99 model and formed the mid-range car in the Austin/Wolseley/Vandem Plas big saloon line-up. The 6/110 looked little different at a first glance however, in line with the A110 Westminster, it differed in having a longer wheel-base, modified rear suspension, power steering, floor mounted gear-change and a twin-pipe exhaust system.
The 6/110 remained popular with nations Police forces who used them as traffic patrol cars, indeed the 6/110 was one of the first Police cars to feature the infamous flashing blue light, a fearful sight in any speeding motorists rear view mirror!
|2639cc||S6 OHV||BMC C-Series||77mm x 89mm|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|95 mph||18.1 s|
The real heavies
|Publication||Practical Classics March 2011|
|The real heavies - Forget the Mk2 - as underworld chariots the Jaguars Mk VII-IX were in a criminal league of their own. Jaguar MK VII, Jaguar MK IX, Wolseley 6/90.|
Old School Charmer
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car February 2005|
|Old School Charmer - Wolseley’s 6/90 was Nuffield’s top-of-the-form big car - but it blotted its copybook. Under examination here is a rare Series III model: history lesson by Jon Pressnell.|
Back On The Road - Michael Ware's regular feature on reader restorations
|Publication||The Automobile December 2004|
|Back On The Road - Michael Ware’s regular feature on reader restorations - 1926 Vauxhall 30-98, 1956 Wolseley 6/90, 1933 Austin Pearl Cabriolet.|