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”.
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 Designation||Wolseley 16/45 E6|
|Production Period||1926 - 1930|
|Body Type||4 Door Saloon|
|Engine Configuration||IL 6 OHC|
|Power||- bhp @ - rpm|
|Torque||- lb ft @ - rpm|
|Transmission||4 speed manual|
|Top Speed||59 mph (95 kph)|
|0-60 mph||- seconds|
|Fuel consumption||18 mpg|
|Weight||2016 lb (914 kg)|
|Length||14’ 7" (4.445 m)|
|Width||5’ 10.5" (1.791 m)|
|Height||-‘ -" (- m)|
|Predecessor||16/35 hp AC8|