Wolseley 1500 Mk I

Wolseley 1500 Mk I Introduction

You could almost say that the Wolseley 1500 was the car that wasn’t meant to be. It was the last design penned by Gerald Palmer before he left to join Vauxhall in 1955. The final design work was completed by Dick Burzi and the car was intended to be the Morris 1200, the Morris Minor 1000 replacement. This idea was shelved when it became obvious that they could sell every Minor that they produced.

The Wolseley 1500 was produced at Longbridge with a detuned version of the ‘B’ Series engine and introduced at the London Motor Show in April 1957. An interesting point to note is that for the Republic of Ireland market, a total of 110 cars were produced with the 1.2 litre B-Series engine.

The Riley 1.5 also introduced in 1957 is a further developed version of the Wolseley 1500 sharing exactly the same superstructure.

The original Wolseley 1500 is easily identified from the later Mk II and Mk III by the presence of the exterior hinges on the bonnet and boot, also the ‘W’ on the front side wings is only present on the Mk I.

In April 1959 the tyre size was increased from 5.00 x 14 to 5.60 x 14, later a re-trimmed ‘Fleet’ model without wood trim around the windscreen and the leather upholstery replaced with ‘Vynide’.

The Wolseley Mk I changed little in the three years of production before it was supplanted by the Mk II version in May 1960.

Model DesignationWolseley 1500 Mk I
Production Period1957-1960
Total Produced46,438
Body Type4 Door Saloon
Engine1,489cc B-Series
Engine ConfigurationIL 4 OHV
Power43 bhp @ 4,200 rpm
Torque71 lb ft @ 2,600 rpm
Transmission4 Speed
Top Speed78 mph (126 kph)
0-60 mph24.4 seconds
Fuel consumption35 mpg
Weight2,060 lb (934 kg)
Length12’ 7.75" (3.855 m)
Width5’ 1" (1.549 m)
Height4’ 11.75" (1.518 m)
SuccessorWolseley 1500 Mk II

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