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1963 Wolseley 24/80


Owned by  Bill Swindells.

The 1963 Wolseley 24/80 (2.4 litres, 80 horsepower) was identical to the Wolseley 15/60 except for an inch longer wheelbase, as with the later 16/60. In other words it retained the fins of the earlier model. The car was trimmed with leather, and the same dash as the 15/60 was used. The only difference externally was that the 24/80 featured a small “Wolseley Six” emblem above the stainless steel rubbing strips at the rear of the front wings. The Wolseley was painted only in single tone colours.

The 1.6 L, 1622cc, 6 cylinder engine was assembled specifically for this production line and an automatic 3-speed transmission was offered as an option. Some of the unique features available with the Wolseley 24/80 include: Spacious, minimalist interior. Unconventional tail fin. Exceptionally stiff body shell, featuring greater structural Rigidity Comfortable interior trimming done in very soft expanded  vinyl.  Early example of anti-lock brakes and hydrolastic suspension  The Wolseley 24/80 sold well against the Holden Premier and Falcon Futura. The Austin 1800 replaced the Wolseley on the assembly line in October 1965, and stocks of the 24/80 lasted through till late 1966. These were the last Wolseleys to be sold in Australia as new cars.



I have always had a wonderful memory. when I say “wonderful memory” what I really mean is that I rarely if ever recall horrible things like the weather. I never recall cold or frosty mornings, or even 24 hours of anything dull or boring that might have happened before or after a memorable event, the happy result being all my life's memories are wonderful. Peculiar as it may sound to anyone who might be reading this, I have absolutely marvelous memories that range from breaking one or more of my bones to hanging upside down from an upper branch of an Oak tree with my ankle wedged between two branches. I have heard stories about people that have totally removed from their recollection painful events that had previously occurred in their life. I can believe this because at this precise moment I can recall nothing that was not absolutely wonderful. If by chance I have ever blocked out anything painful I would consider this possibility to be just another wonderful thing. I intend to Blog about my friends and memories on these pages.

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