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Riley One-Point-Five and Wolseley 1500
Riley and Wolseley take over the Morris Minor floorpan. Alec Issigonis laid down the basic design of what was going to be the replacement Morris Minor and used the Minor floorpan and mechanics. But the Minor was selling very well, and the new car was too heavy and too expensive. After Issigonis had left (temporarily) to work for Alvis, Gerald Palmer was called into transform it, and a 1489cc B-series engine was slotted into it. The Wolseley 1500 was announced first in 1957, and then in November 1957 the Riley One-Point-Five was annnounced with a tuned 62bhp version of the same engine. A Mark II version of these cars was announced in May 1960 with few changes except for hidden bonnet and boot hinges. In 1961 the MkIII cars were introduced with larger tail lights from the Austin A40 grafted onto the rear corners, and new wider grilles and round side lights. These cars were discontinued in 1965 although the Australians carried on with longer Austin and Morris-badged derivatives.


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Riley One-Point-Five Series II - wing badesr.
ab_Riley One-Point-Five Series I grille
Riley One-Point-Five Series I - grille
ab_Wolseley 1500 MkIII grille
Wolseley 1500 MkIII - grille
ab_Wolseley 1500 Series II grille
Wolseley 1500 MkII - grille
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Wolseley 1500 MkI - bonnet ornament
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Riley One-Point-Five Series I. Both the Wolseley 1500 and the Riley One-Point-Five had the same 1489cc B-series engine, but the Riley was given twin carburretors, raising the power to 68bhp.
ac_Riley One-Point-Five Series III head
Riley One-Point-Five Series II. Powered by a twin carburettor version of the BMC B-series engine, the similar Wolseley 1500 had only one carburettor.
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Wolseley 1500 MkI. MkI cars had external hinges on top of the bonnet
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Wolseley 1500 MkIII. Stronger side grilles and integrated indicators define this MkIII car.
ad_Wolseley 1500 MkIII ornament
Wolseley 1500 MkIII. This chrome junction was simplified on the MkIII.
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Riley One-Point-Five Series I - lamps. MkI and MkII had separate indicators and sidelamps, whereas the MkIII had single integrated units
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Riley One-Point-Five Series II - lights
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Wolseley 1500 MkIII. The MkIII was given round integrated flashers and sidelamps and a redesigned side grille to fit them
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Riley One-Point-Five Series II - rear lamp
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Wolseley 1500 MkI. MkI and MkII cars had this small lamp cluster
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Wolseley 1500 MkIII. These much larger tail lights, almost glued on top of the existing panels, were the biggest change from MkII to MkIII in 1961
Riley One-Point-Five Series I front
Riley One-Point-Five Series I. The Riley One-Point-Five (and Wolseley 1500) were originally commissioned as a new Morris Minor and designs were made by Gerald Palmer. The strongly selling Minor did not need to replaced, so after Palmer had left BMC the designs were changed to produce the Riley and Wolseley models that were launched in 1957.
Riley One-Point-Five Series I rear
Riley One-Point-Five Series I.
Riley One-Point-Five Series II front
Riley One-Point-Five Series II. The MkII was launched in May 1960 and what modest changes there were had already been fitted to late Series I cars.
Riley One-Point-Five Series III front
Riley One-Point-Five Series II. The One-Point-Five replaced the Riley RM and ended the time of Riley's own 1500 engine. Instead this -Riley- was little more than a Morris Minor with larger Oxford engine.
Riley One-Point-Five Series III rear
Riley One-Point-Five Series II. Underneath the One-Point-Five lies a Morris Minor floorpan as this car was supposed to be the new Morris Minor. Series II cars got hidden bonnet and boot hinges.
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Riley One-Point-Five MkIII. From 1961 the MkIII was offered, little changed but now with full length chrome trim making a duotone finish easier to achieve.
s_Wolseley 1500 MkI side
Wolseley 1500 MkI
s_Wolseley 1500 MkII side
Wolseley 1500 MkII. In May 1960 the MkII 1500 was launched. External bonnet and boot hinges were removed and the chrome trims on the sides were redesigned.
s_Wolseley 1500 MkIII side
Wolseley 1500 MkIII.
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Wolseley 1500 MkI
t_Wolseley 1500 MkII rear
Wolseley 1500 MkII.
t_Wolseley 1500 MkIII tail
Wolseley 1500 MkIII. Sold from 1961 until 1965, 31,000 MkIIIs joined the 22,000 MkII and 46,000 MkI Wolseley 1500 cars.
Wolseley 1500 MkI front
Wolseley 1500 MkI. Gerald Palmer had designed a replacement Morris Minor which proved to expensive to market as a Minor. Palmer left for Vauxhall in 1955 and Austin's Dick Burzi finished off the design to be sold as an upmarket Wolseley and Riley car with BMC B-series engine.
Wolseley 1500 MkI rear
Wolseley 1500 MkI. Although sharing its floorpan with the Morris Minor, the 1500 was roomier and more comfortable than the Minor. MkI 1500 (and Riley One-Point-Five) had external bonnet and boot hinges.
Wolseley 1500 MkII front
Wolseley 1500 MkII. Two-tone finish was optional on all cars except for the cheaper fleet versions. MkII cars no longer had the external bonnet hinges.
Wolseley 1500 MkII rear
Wolseley 1500 Series II. From the rear, the absence of visible boot hinges on top of the lid indicate this to be a MkII
Wolseley 1500 MkIII front
Wolseley 1500 MkIII. Still carrying the same 1489cc 43 bhp B-series engine as the 1500 MkI was launched with in 1957, the MkIII sold from 1961 until 1965
Wolseley 1500 MkIII rear
Wolseley 1500 MkIII. Launched in 1961, the MkIII was not much more than a cosmetic evolution, with bigger indicators front and rear, and simplified chrome side trims.
Wolseley 10/40 and Wolseley Ten
Riley Kestrel, 1300
Wolseley 1100, 1300
Morris Minor Traveller
Wolseley 4/44, 15/50
Designer : Gerald Palmer (1911-1999)
Riley Motors
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