Wolseley 15/60 and 16/60 (1959 – 1971) Review

Wolseley 15/60 and 16/60 (1959 – 1971) At A Glance


+B-Series engine, good parts and specialist support, nice and luxurious interior, cossetting ride

-Woolly steering, vague roadholding, sluggish

The Wolseley 15/60 (and to a lesser extent) 16/60 were an interesting meeting of styles and design influences. On the one hand, you had the staid and solid Wolseley air of luxury and security - and on the other, there was the befinned Italianate Farina body, which wouldn't look out of place on a Lancia.

The Wolseley 15/60 was one of a plethora of BMC badge-engineered Farinas (often referred to as BMC's Family Farinas) - and sat in the range above the  Austin and Morris versions, and alongside the MG and Riley versions. Wolseley was very much the luxury version, which meant a more luxurious interior, majoring on wood and leather. And let's also not forget that illuminated grille...

Sadly, the MG and Riley versions werre more powerful - the Wolseley shared the 52bhp single carburettor 1489cc B-Series engine with the Austin and Morris saloons. In 1961, the car was lightly facelifted into the 16/60, when it received the upgraded B-Series engine (1622cc and 61bhp), had its fins cropped, and had its suspension tightened up, thanks to the fitment of anti-roll bars. And that's how it remained until its demise in 1971.

Ask Honest John

Can I convert a manual gearbox to an automatic in a 1968 Wolseley?

"I want to change a normal gearbox into an automatic gearbox for a Wolseley 16/60 built in 1968. Is it easy to convert this and what will it cost? "
What you're describing in an absolutely massive task. We spoke to Chris Chantrell, technical director at the Wolseley Owners Club, who said to do this job you'd need a gearbox, bell housing, brackets, linkages, cables, pedal box and selector. 'Additionally, I think the crankshaft and prop shaft are different. The diff ratio is different as well. Practically, the only real way to do it would be to find a scrapper and break it for all the parts required. They do pop up even now. Balby Motor Spares in Doncaster usually have cars for breaking. Bear in mind that a 16/60 is just an A60 in a dress, so there is a wide range of models which might fit the bill. Visit the Cambridge Oxford Owners Club (http://www.co-oc.org) - they're a friendly and knowledgeable crowd.'
Answered by Keith Moody
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