Wolseley 300 Overdrive (3)
(1964, Wolseley 6/99 Overdrive (also marked as “Wolseley 300” in Denmark – like the one in my photos) ... The short story – extracts: In 1959, the new Wolseley 6/99 took over from the well-known 6/90, which meant a complete change of design direction for the big-Wolseley model range.
Whereas the superseded 6/90 had been a close relation of the Riley Pathfinder/Two-Point-Six model, with which it shared the same separate chassis-frame, torsion bar front suspension and smoothly-styled four-door shell, the new 6/99 was based on the Austin A99 and amongst other things it then got a unit-construction monocoque four-door body/chassis unit, with styling credited to the (Pinin)Farina organization. Compared with the “old” car, the 6/99 was much squarer, somewhat bulkier and more spacious in the passenger cabin, and naturally (for the period) there were tail-fins to give the same “Farina” identity as was to be found on the smaller-bodied B-Series Farina-styled sedans.
Like the Austin A99 version, the Wolseley had coil-spring independent front suspension, half-elliptic springs at the rear, with front and rear anti-roll bars to provide handling stability. There were Lockheed front disc brakes (the 6/90 had drums) and “cam-and-lever” steering. The entire driveline was corporate BMC C-Series equipment, including the 2,9 litre overhead-valve six-cylinder engine (more powerful than the 2,6-litre in the 6/90).
The Austin A99 and the Wolseley 6/99 BMC had also developed a new (at that time) all-Porsche-type-synchromesh three-speed gearbox, which was backed by a Borg-Warner overdrive (as the one in my photos) which worked on top and second gears. The overdrive was brought into operation by pulling on a lever which was centrally mounted under the front parcel shelf. Borg-Warner automatic transmission was also available as an option, but the principal mechanical innovation was the new manual transmission, as mentioned.
The Wolseley 6/99 was replaced by its successor, the 6/110, in 1962.
Disclaimer: I don’t personally know neither the owner nor the car, so I can’t guarantee the “period originality” in my photos). - 1 hour ago