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, a notable change being the sliding windows upgraded to wind-up windows, and face level ventilation added to the fascia.
1969 saw the end of the long-tail derivative of the Mini for both the Wolseley Hornet and the Riley Elf.
|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)|