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1938-1948 WOLSELEY 12/48, 14/60 specifications


Wolseley’s status as a luxury-orientated marque meant that its big pre-war car cars went back into production soon after the end of the war. The 12/48 was a heavy and conventionally-engineered saloon with a 44bhp 4-cylinder 1548cc engine which struggled to shift the car’s bulk adequately. Slightly more lively was the longer-bonneted 14/60, its extra length necessary to accommodate the extra two cylinders of its 1818cc six-pot engine, giving 55bhp. These stately old school machines were built until 1948 when they were replaced by the Wolseley 4/50 and 6/80 ranges.

Production

  • Production:
    11,331
  • Price at launch:
    £614
  • Price (excellent)
    £5,000
  • Price (good):
    £3,750
  • Price (average):
    £2,000
  • Price (project):
    £750

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    36.2secs
  • Top speed:
    70.0mph
  • Power:
    55.0bhp
  • Torque:
    72.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    22.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Beam axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4369mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2654mm
  • Width:
    1702mm
  • Height:
    1676mm
  • Weight:
    1397kgs

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