Wolseley 6-90

Wolseley 6-90 Introduction

The Wolseley 6/90 arrived in 1954 to replace the Wolseley 6/80 a year later than the related Riley Pathfinder, but unlike the Riley, the Wolseley 6/90 was to be the first recipient of the new 2,639cc ‘C’ Series 6 cylinder engine which continued to be used in the large BMC cars of the late 1950’s and 60’s.

Unlike the 4/44 the 6/90 used a separate chassis of a sturdy cross-braced box section chassis frame.

The 6/90 Series I featured a column gear change and coil springs for the rear suspension, whilst the later Series II (1956-57) and Series III featured the gear change to the right of the driver, with the rear suspension being semi-elliptical springs. The short lived Series II was replaced by the Series III identifiable by its much larger wrap around rear screen.

5,766 Series I were produced, with only 1,024 Series II produced during its 8 month period, and 5,052 Series III concluding the production run in 1959.

Model DesignationWolseley 6/90
DesignerGerald Palmer
Production Period1954-1959
Total Produced11,852
Body Type4 Door Saloon
Engine2,639cc C-Series
Engine ConfigurationIL 6 OHV
Power95 bhp @ 4,500 rpm
Torque135 @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission4 Speed
Top Speed96 mph (154 kph)
0-60 mph18.1 seconds
Fuel consumption21.6 mpg
Weight3,289 lb (1,492 kg)
Length15’8" (4.775 m)
Width5’7" (1.70 m)
Height5’2" (1.57 m)
PredecessorWolseley 6/80
SuccessorWolseley 6/99

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