Wolseley Hornet (ADO15)
|Model Designation||Wolseley Hornet (ADO15)|
|Designer||Sir Alec Issigonis|
|Production Period||Sep 1961 - Aug 1969|
|Body Type||2 Door Saloon|
|Engine Configuration||O.H.V. Transverse 4 Cylinder|
|Power||34 bhp @ 5,500 rpm|
|Torque||44 lb ft @ 2,900 rpm|
|Transmission||4 Speed Manual|
|Top Speed||71 mph (114 kph)|
|0-60 mph||32.3 seconds|
|Fuel consumption||33 mpg|
|Weight||1,435 lb (651 kg)|
|Length||10' 9" (3.277 m)|
|Width||4' 5" (1.346 m)|
|Height||4' 7" (1.410 m)|
The Wolseley Hornet built at Longbridge was a revival of a previous name from the 1930's Wolseley Hornet. This was applied to this special version of the Mini, in a similar manner to the Riley Elf, featuring a longer tail and enlarged boot, but with the appropriate Wolseley grille and better-equipped interior.
Initially the Wolseley Hornet had rubber-cone suspension along with the standard 848cc engine as with the mini, but with improved interior and more sound-deadening material than the standard Mini.
In 1963 the Mk II appeared with a larger 998cc engine increasing the power to 38 bhp, top speed to 77 mph and 0-60 in 24.1 seconds. Fuel consumption improved slightly to 35 mpg. Shortly after the Mk II launched Hydrolastic suspension was introduced in 1964.
The Mk III appeared in 1966 notable change with the sliding windows upgraded to wind-up windows, and face level ventilation added to the facia.
1969 saw the end of the long-tail derivative of the Mini for both the Wolseley Hornet and the Riley Elf.