Autumn 1961 saw the ‘big’ Farina range receiving a revamp. In the case of the 6/99 this was replaced by the externally almost identical Wolseley 6/110.
Under the skin however, it was a different story. Suspension modifications, included an increase in wheelbase by 2″, the addition of a transverse shock absorber to counter axle sway and within a few months the option of power assisted steering and air conditioning.
Although engine capacity did not change, power output was increased. This was achieved with cylinder head, and camshaft modifications, as well as the fitting of a new twin bore exhaust system.
Except for the use of the more popular floor gear-change, there was no visual way of identifying the 6/110 from the earlier 6/99 which featured column gearchange.
By the spring of 1964, some 10,800 Mk I types had been produced at Cowley. This was superceded by the Mk II in May 1964 resulting in 13,301 produced until production ended in March 1968 between the announcement of the British Leyland merger and its inauguration.
The Mk II now came with a 4 speed gearbox, but the Borg-Warner overdrive was now an optional extra. Other changes included smaller wheels with wider tyres, the fitting of telescopic dampers as opposed to lever arm, thicker disk brakes and another new exhaust system.
|Model Designation||Wolseley 6/110 (ADO 53)|
|Designer||Barrista "Pinin" Farina Sidney Goble|
|Production Period||1961 - 1968|
|Body Type||4 Door Saloon|
|Engine Configuration||IL 6 OHV|
|Power||120 bhp @ 4,750 rpm|
|Torque||163 lb ft @ 2,750 rpm|
|Transmission||3 Speed with Borg-Warner overdrive, optional Borg-Warner automatic|
|Top Speed||102 mph (164 kph)|
|0-60 mph||13.3 seconds|
|Fuel consumption||19 mpg|
|Weight||3,470 lb (1,574 kg)|
|Length||15’ 8" (4.775 m)|
|Width||5’ 8.5" (1.740 m)|
|Height||5’ 0.5" (1.537 m)|