1963 Wolseley 24/80

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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.

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