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Wolseley

Eight , 1939

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Make
Wolseley
Manufacturer
Wolseley Motors Ltd.
Location Made
Birmingham
Accession Number
1980-1-207
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
4 cyl, 918 cc, 33 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
65 mph (105 km/h)
Body Style
Saloon
Price When New
£172
Materials
metal, glass, textiles
Dimensions
3688mm (l), 1463mm (w), 1555mm (h)
Location
In the Workshop

Derived from the Morris Eight Series using the Morris structure, the Wolseley Eight had the distinctive nose and an OHV engine. Due to be introduced in 1939, WWII delayed it until after hostilities had ceased. By 1948 5,000 had been built and a new range of models replaced the pre-war designs.

Three prototypes were probably built but only this one survived the war. It was Lord Nuffield's personal car and he used it to travel back and forth to Cowley from his home, Nuffield Place, a journey of 17 miles. Despite access to much grander cars, the Wolseley Eight was his choice, right into his eighties. Lady Nuffield's Wolseley Eight survives at Nuffield Place.