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1938-1948 WOLSELEY 18/85 specifications


Another large pre-war Wolseley that re-emerged after the end of the war was the 18/85. Practically identical to the 14/60, it justified its higher price by having a bigger 2322cc six-cylinder engine. With 85bhp available, performance was good and it became well-known as a police car. A novel feature was the ‘Nightpass’ lights, an anti-dazzle, dipped head and driving lamp arrangement. The 18/85’s bulletproof reputation was well-justified; one managed to break the London to Cape Town record despite falling 30-foot off a bridge in the Congo. Now that’s build quality...

Production

  • Production:
    8213
  • Price at launch:
    £680
  • Price (excellent)
    £5,250
  • Price (good):
    £4,000
  • Price (average):
    £2,000
  • Price (project):
    £750

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    25.4secs
  • Top speed:
    75.0mph
  • Power:
    85.0bhp
  • Torque:
    111.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    19.0mpg

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:
    1422kgs

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