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Wolseley 6/90 Tyres

1957 Wolseley 6-90 Police Saloon

1957 Wolseley 6-90 Police Saloon

  • The Wolseley 6-80 came fitted with crossply 600 - 15 Tyres. The only tyres in this size are Dunlop Racing tyres; the 6.00 x 15 R5 Dunlop Racing could be fitted, but we would not recommend this tyre for none racers driving on the road.
  • We would instead suggest fitting a radial tyre; the 180 HR 15 Michelin XAS is recommended by Longstone Tyres.
  • The 180 HR 15 Michelin XAS was designed with the initially wandery Citroen DS in mind; an asymmetric tyre that diminishes the wandering effect and gives brilliant directional stability perfect for the 6/80 Wolseley on today's faster roads.
  • The Wolseley 6/90 fitted tube-type wheels, innertubes are required for these wheels, even if you fit a tubeless radial tyre.
  • For these tyres we suggest the Michelin 15E innertube.
  • Another fantastic option for the Wolseley 6/90 is the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67, this tyre offers a classic tread and fantastic performance.
  • Some later models instead fitted 640 H 15 Avon Super Safety.
  • It is also possible to fit a wider, low-profile tyre in the 205/70-15 Tyres size. The 205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX is a great tyre in this size, however, we generally recommend against fitting a wider tyre as it can have a derogatory effect on the handling.
  • For these tyres we offer the Michelin 15F innertube.

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History of the Wolseley 6/90

The Wolseley 6/90 is an automobile that was manufactured in the United Kingdom by Wolseley Motors Limited from 1954 to 1959, it is considered by many to be the last "true" Wolseley before BMC's badge engineering program. The styling was considered markedly different for a Wolseley and would lead to the sacking of its designer Gerald Palmer in favour of hiring Alec Issigonis in his stead.

The 6/90 superseded the 6/80 as the company's flagship model on the opening day of the October 1954 British Motor Show. Six-Ninety was emblazoned on the hood, while 6/90 was emblazoned on the boot lid. In 1955, Motor magazine evaluated a 6/90 and discovered it had a peak speed of 96 mph and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 17.3 seconds. Fuel usage was calculated to be 21.6 miles per imperial gallon. The test vehicle cost £1063 incl. taxes. Leaf springs on the live axle in the rear, a more typical walnut console, and a floor-mounted gear lever – oddly on the right-hand side, for right-hand-drive cars — were all standard features on Series II 6/90s, which were introduced in 1957. Optional overdrive or automatic gearbox was available.

After barely 8 months in production, the Series II was replaced by the Series III in 1958, with only 1024 produced. Wider power brakes and a larger back window were standard on the Series III. This design was also offered as a rebadged Riley Pathfinder replacement, the Two-Point-Six. The total number of Series III automobiles produced was 5052. With the debut of the Pininfarina-designed 6/99 in 1959, the manufacture of the 6/90 came to an end.

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