Wolseley 18/85 (1938 to 1948)

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For the Wolseley 18/85 of 1967 to 1971, see BMC ADO17.
Wolseley 18/85 (1938 to 1948)
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Wolseley 18/85 (1938 to 1948)
Overview
Manufacturer Wolseley
Production 1938-1939
1945-1948
8213 built post war
Body and chassis
Body style 4 door saloon
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 2322 cc Straight-6
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2654 mm (104 inches)
Length 4369 mm
Width 1702 mm
Height 1676 mm
Curb weight 1422 kg [1]
Chronology
Successor Wolseley 6/80

The Wolseley 18/85 is an automobile which was produced by Wolseley in the United Kingdom from 1938 to 1948.

Introduced in 1938,[2] the 18/85 was built on a 104 inch wheelbase,[2] and was powered by an 85 bhp, twin carburettor, overhead valve, 2322cc, inline six cylinder engine, which it shared with the MG SA.[3] Post-war production of the model began in the autumn of 1945 and totalled 8213 vehicles.[3]

Achievements[edit]

An 18/85 driven by Humphrey Symons and Bertie Browning set a London to Cape Town record of 31 days 22 hours, completing the 10,300 mile journey on 21 January 1939.[4] The time included a 12-day break for repairs following a plunge into the Gada River in the Belgian Congo.[4]

Wolseley 18/85 of 1967 to 1971[edit]

The 18/85 model name was again used on a Wolseley from 1967 to 1971. This was a variant of the BMC ADO17, which was also marketed under Austin and Morris names.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1938-1948 Wolseley 18/85, www.classicandperformancecar.com Retrieved on 5 February 2012
  2. ^ a b Michael Sedgwick & Mark Gillies, A-Z of Cars of the 1930s, Haymarket Publishing Limited, 1989, page 216.
  3. ^ a b Michael Sedgwick & Mark Gillies, A-Z of Cars 1945-1970, Haymarket Publishing Limited, Revised paperback edition published 1993, page 228.
  4. ^ a b 1939 Record Run - Wolseley 18/85, www.maxadventure.co.uk Retrieved on 5 February 2012