The Winged W

By woolybill1
A late-model Wolseley from the 1960s, a 'badge-engineered' BMC 1800. I wonder if this was not one of the very last cars that wore a distinct mascot?
Wolseley was one of the oldest series-production English cars, existing from 1901 to 1975 although the name derived from the Wolseley Sheep-Shearing [ ] Company whose senior engineer was Herbert Austin; he became Managing Director of Wolseley Motors. The company itself was an offshoot of the Vickers armaments firm - and Vickers was another company linked to Armstrong (Vickers-Armstrong . . . see yesterday . . . the ramifications of the English armaments industry were considerable even in 1901). Wolseley made cars of all kinds and was Britain's largest motor manufacturer until the early 1920s.

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dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1952 England
13 Aug 2022 8:51AM
I have a feeling that the mascot disappeared later in the production run - my boss at Brown Brothers had a Wolseley 2200 in 1975, and I don't remember anything on top of the bonnet...

A football pitch on wheels - so much room inside. And clung to the road in a way that made the Land Crab a favourite with the Leyland works rally team.
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
13 Aug 2022 8:56AM
Back in the early 1970s a work colleague drove a Wolseley... the front seat was like a leather sofa (pre seat belt laws) 😁😁
ColleenA Plus
10 505 8 Australia
13 Aug 2022 10:12AM
Great car photography
cooky Plus
18 6 8 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 10:23AM
Different from the 'usual' car images and a real focus and detail.

mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
13 Aug 2022 10:45AM
From memory, was there not a light behind the Wolseley badge that came on with the side lights? They were built like a tank, from the days that petrol was cheap. The winged "W" on the bonnet, was that an extra?
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
13 Aug 2022 12:13PM
Don't seem to see car badges these days 😳 Another fine car capture, Bill 😃👍🏻
Trev 😀
woolybill1 Plus
16 38 79 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 12:14PM

Quote:was there not a light behind the Wolseley badge that came on with the side lights?

I remember that too, Ian, though I'm not sure whether all models had that feature. It was certainly on the 4/44 and 6/90.

Quote:The winged "W" on the bonnet, was that an extra?

I'll have to pass on that one!
af1 Plus
9 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2022 1:17PM
Nice mono shot sorry not into cars, interesting history though...Alan
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
13 Aug 2022 3:11PM
great focus

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