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History of the Wolseley 15/60
The Wolseley 15/60 launched the first iteration of the Farinas mid-sized unitary construction. Within a few months, the Riley 4/68, Austin A55 Cambridge Mark II, MG Magnette Mark III, and Morris Oxford V all emerged. The Wolseley was positioned as the range's upmarket non-sporting variant, with leather seats and a polished hardwood dashboard.
The 1.5 L B-Series inline-four engine was utilised in all five automobiles, albeit various tuning resulted in differing power output. The Wolseley, together with the Austin Cambridge and the Morris Oxford, were at the bottom, with a single SU carburettor producing only 52 horsepower. The front suspension was independent, with coil springs and a live axle, while the rear suspension was semi-elliptic leaf springs. Girling hydraulically actuated brakes with 9-inch drums were used. The steering system consisted of a cam and peg mechanism.
Although there had a floor-mounted gear lever, the upholstery was leather and featured separate front seats that were positioned near together to enable for a centre passenger to be carried, allowing the car to be billed as seating six. Between the driver's seat and the door was the handbrake. The back seat included a central armrest that could be folded down. The fascia and door cappings were finished with wood veneer. As standard, a Smiths heater was installed. A single colour or, as an alternative, two colours of paint were employed.
The Wolseley variant was especially easy to spot on the road after dark because of the small lit emblem on its grille, which was shared by other Wolseleys of the time. The Farina design was later licenced and built-in Argentina as the Di Tella 1500, Traveller, and Argenta. An automobile tested by 'The Motor' magazine in 1959 had a maximum speed of 76.6 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 25.6 seconds. The fuel usage was 31.0 miles per imperial gallon. The test vehicle cost £991 plus £331 in taxes.