Wolseley Hornet-AD015

Hornet ADO15 Introduction

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 DesignationWolseley Hornet (ADO15)
DesignerSir Alec Issigonis
Production PeriodSep 1961 - Aug 1969
Total Produced28,455
Body Type2 Door Saloon
Engine848cc A-Series
Engine ConfigurationO.H.V. Transverse 4 Cylinder
Power34 bhp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque44 lb ft @ 2,900 rpm
Transmission4 Speed Manual
Top Speed71 mph (114 kph)
0-60 mph32.3 seconds
Fuel consumption33 mpg
Weight1,435 lb (651 kg)
Length10’ 9" (3.277 m)
Width4’ 5" (1.346 m)
Height4’ 7" (1.410 m)

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