Car of the year : June 2008

The ADO16 was Britain’s best selling car for the best part of a decade, but surprisingly few remain today. However, Chris Jones’ Wolseley 1300 is a shining example, proving that you can have modern comforts in a classic car…

This Wolseley 1300 was registered in 1968 and is in fine fettle today…

Words and Pictures: Keith Adams

The power of Wolseley

CHRIS Jones’ Wolseley 1300 recently appeared in Practical Classicsit was the star car in a sextuplet of 1960s chrome-laden classics illustrating just how much prestige you can pick up for your dosh these days. It was in company with a Tatra 603/2, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Daimler V8, Alvis TD14, and a Vanden Plas 4 Litre-R… and let’s just say that the diminutive Wolseley didn’t let the side down at all.

But Chris’ example is in particularly fine fettle, and has been treated to a number of upgrades to keep things sweet. For one, those period Dunlop alloys look the business, but take a look under the bonnet, and you’ll see that Downton’s breathed on the engine in order to perk things up a little. The interior’s been modified too – just take a look at those Rover 100 seats, upgraded ICE install and rear wash-wipe control.

All in all, it’s a fine example of the ADO16 breed, and more than a suitable Car of The Month.


Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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