2014 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Auction

1954 Wolseley 4/44 Sedan




Engine In-line 4-cylinder, 1250cc
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Body Work Saloon
Colour Black
Interior Red
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Drums


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By 1939, the well established firm of Wolseley had been absorbed into the Nuffield Organisation and early post-war models were closely related to Morris designs, albeit much better equipped as befitted the middle class nature of the marque. The 4/44 was introduced in 1952 using the same monocoque platform as MG's ZA Magnette sports saloon (which arrived a year after the Wolseley), with running gear lifted from another MG model, the Y-series. Designed by the talented Gerald Palmer, the 4/44 had attractive, modern lines allied to the traditional Wolseley radiator grille and a nicely appointed interior. An appealing blend of traditional and modern inside the cabin, the central facia panel was well stocked with instruments. Under the bonnet, the 1250cc engine developed 46 bhp and drove the rear wheels through a four-speed gearbox. The independent front suspension set-up was via coil spring and wishbones while semi-elliptic leaf springs kept the rear axle located, while the steering was via a rack and pinion system. The 4/44 was a decent performer and could reach a maximum speed of 73 mph. The Wolseley proved a popular car despite the relatively high list price of 997 and 29,845 were made before production was phased out in 1956.