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Wolseley 18/85 SII and SIII, Wolseley 25
Wolseley inbtroduced its 'Super Sixes' in 1935 in its 'Series II' cars, although this was in effect the Morrisification of the Wolseley brand with the Wolseley overhead cam engines being substituted for Morris units. The Morris 25 engine, a unit that was used in Morris-Commercial trucks lent itself for use as the 16hp (2062cc), 21hp (2916cc) and 25hp (3485cc). The 21 and 25 both sat on a 10ft 1½inch wheelbase, although there was also a LWB 25. However the Wolseley cars got overhead valve versions of the Morris engines, and the cars were better trimmed and fitted than their Morris siblings. The Wolseley 18 appeared as the 18/80 in 1937 with a 2322cc ohv six-cylinder engine in the chassis of the 14/56, and its twin carbs gave it similar power to the similar MG SA. In 1937 the Series III cars were announced for the 12, 16, 21 and 25, though not yet for the 18/80. New Steel bodies were given to the cars, more upright than the 'slanted' Series II and different to the Morris Series III. At the 1938 Motor Show the new Series III cars were the 14/60, 16/65 and 18/85 on an 8ft 8inch wheelbase (the same as the Wolseley 25 drophead), and the engines were carried on but gave better performance. When the war came, the popularity of the 18/85 amongst the military saw it as the last Wolseley to halt production, and the first to restart in 1945.
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Wolseley 18/85 Series III - illuminated badge on grille
aa_Wolseley 25 Series II ornament
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Wolseley 18/85 Series III.
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Wolseley 25 Series III - grille
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Wolseley 25 Series III. The Series III was launched in 1938 and retained the 3485cc six that began life as a Morris engine, although it was given overhead valves and a 4-speed gearbox for the posh car.
Wolseley 18-85 Series III front
Wolseley 18/85 Series III. Launched in 1938 and produced until 1948 when replaced by the 6/80. Powered by 2322cc six cylinder engine from the MG SA
Wolseley 18-85 Series III police
Wolseley 18/85 Series III Police car. The 18/85 was a fast car and was liked by Police forces, as was its successor the Wolseley 6/80.
Wolseley 18-85 Series III rear
Wolseley 18/85 Series III. Launched in 1938 and produced until 1948, the chassis was common to all the six cylinder Wolseley, and the body shared with the 16/65.
Wolseley 25 Series II front
Wolseley 25 1937. The Wolseley 25 had a 3485cc 6 cylinder engine producing 110bhp, but was still only good for 79mph. It was sold until 1938.
Wolseley 25 Series II rear
Wolseley 25 1937. In 1938 a more rounded and less rakish -Series III- body was given to all Wolseleys, including the 25, replacing this version.
Wolseley 25 Series II tail
Wolseley 25 1937
Wolseley 25 Series III front
Wolseley 25 Series III. The Wolseley Series III 25 was launched in 1938 mechanically very much as the Series II model (and therefore as the Morris 25). The Steel body was the new feature for the Series III and differed from Morris equivalents.
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Wolseley 18/85 Series III. Launched in 1938 and produced until 1948 when replaced by the 6/80. Although the 18/85 shared the same chassis as the 14/60, 16/65 (and the 25hp), the 16/65 and 18/85 had a larger body than the 14/60.
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Wolseley 25 1937 - spare wheel cover
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Wolseley 25 1937 - bonnet vent
Wolseley 14, 14/56 and 14/60
Wolseley 18/85 1967-75
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