Wolseley Vintage 16-45 E6

Wolseley Vintage 16/45 E6 Introduction

The Wolseley 16/45 was originally designed and showcased prior to the demise of Wolseley Motors Ltd due to bankruptcy in 1926. The 16/45, known as the “Silent Six” made a deep impression on Viscount Nuffield, who acquired the Company and renamed it “Wolseley Motors 1927 Ltd”.

The 16/45 “Silent Six” continued in production to ensure the name of Wolseley was not lost, and a four-cylinder version 12/32 was introduced, followed shortly afterwards by an eight cylinder 21/60.

These engines were similar in general design, adopting the overhead camshaft driven by a vertical shaft, an evolution of the Hispano design which remained a characteristic feature of all Wolseley engines for many years.

The 16/45 was replaced in 1930 by the “Viper” also of 16hp.

Model DesignationWolseley 16/45 E6
Production Period1926 - 1930
Total Produced7198
Body Type4 Door Saloon
Engine ConfigurationIL 6 OHC
Power- bhp @ - rpm
Torque- lb ft @ - rpm
Transmission4 speed manual
Top Speed59 mph (95 kph)
0-60 mph- seconds
Fuel consumption18 mpg
Weight2016 lb (914 kg)
Length14’ 7" (4.445 m)
Width5’ 10.5" (1.791 m)
Height-‘ -" (- m)
Predecessor16/35 hp AC8

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