Wolseley 24/80

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Wolseley 24/80

1962 - 1965
Soviet Union
6 cyl. Blue-Streak
2433cc "Blue Streak"
80 bhp
3 spd. man/auto
Top Speed:
100 mph
Number Built:
3 star
Wolseley 24/80
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Our Rating: 4


The 6 cylinder Wolseley 24/80 sedan and station wagon (also sold under the Austin name) was based on the British four-cylinder Wolseley 15/60 model, and was released in April 1962. These cars were developed by BMC Australia to counter the growing popularity of the new 6 cylinder rivals from the US, namely the GM Holden and Ford Falcon.

The car was in most respects identical to the contemporary Austin Freeway, but employed different frontal treatment in order to maximise the perceived differences between the cars and therefore, it was hoped, attract additional buyers away from the competition. This reflected BMC's enthusiasm for badge engineering in the 1950s and 1960s.

BMC had determined that Australia deserved (in fact needed) a larger displacement engine. While their cars were near identical to those sold in the UK, the Australian cars had the B Series 1622cc engine fitted 2 years prior to their UK cousins, who had to make do with the 1489cc motor.

Rather than design an entirely new 6 cylinder motor, BMC simply added an extra two cylinders on the existing 1622cc engine - bringing the capacity to 2433cc and developing 80 bhp. The engine, dubbed the "Blue Streak", was then coupled to an adaptation of the Metropolitan 3 speed gearbox, with synchromesh on the upper two ratios and a steering column gearchange.

External Changes

The radiator, which in the four-cylinder cars was mounted behind the bonnet-locking bar was now placed in front of the bonnet-locking bar, immediately behind the grille. Released in April 1962, the 24/80 was externally identical to the 15/60 except for the wheelbase, which was an inch longer. The interior was the same as that used in the 15/60. Originally it was available only with manual transmission but later a Borg Warner 35 3-speed automatic transmission was offered as an option.

Changes to the radiator and bonnet were required to fit the larger engine in, as were improvements to the suspension. BMC continued its tradition of creating vehicles from the parts bin of others, using rear fins taken from the Riley, and an interior taken from the Morris Oxford.

The radiator, which in the four cylinder cars was mounted behind the bonnet-locking bar, was now placed in front of the bonnet-locking bar, immediately behind the grille. These few changes aside, picking a 24/80 over the previous 15/60 would be quite difficult for the casual observer. The 24/80 remained externally identical to the 15/60 (except for the wheelbase, which was an inch longer), and the interior also remained virtually identical. Originally it was available only with the manual transmission, but later a Borg Warner 35 3-speed automatic transmission was offered as an option.

The Mark II Wolseley 24/80

The Mark II was released in October 1964, and was identical in styling to the 16/60. The power was increased to 84 bhp, and the interior trim was now finished in a less up-market but still soft “expanded vinyl” rather than the leather used in the earlier cars. The Mark II was short lived however, the Austin 1800 replacing the Wolseley in BMC's Australian model line up from October 1965. Unfortunately the Mark II 24/80 was the last Wolseley to be sold new in Australia.
1965 Wolseley 24/80 Series II

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Wolseley 24/80 Six Brochure
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The History of Wolseley
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does anyone know of a new engine for the 24/80 .. I love the look of mine but want a newer engine that will fit ... doing a full resto and would prefer to have a new trans / engine . thxz
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I have a 1964 24/80 mk2 I am in the middle of restoration but need the screws for the door hinges (as they where all stuck in and had to drill some out) do u know where I could find any
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i have a compleatly restored 1962 24/80 auto.osmand green .i had 3 cars striped compleatly and over a 5 year period rebuilt one as new.due to moving to a small unit i no longer have any parts .idid 90%of the rebuild my self and enjoyed the project.note my bumpers are the only item not 100% love this car i shall keep forever
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I have a wolseley 2480 mark 11 its in pristine condition except fotr rear bumper has a bit of chrome coming off it tows well as i tow a trailer witha Cafe racer on it not a problem i also have two 680s which are being restored at the moment but i do need a rear bumper for my 2480 with good chrome
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I recently aquired a wolseley 1500 which was owned by a doctor This car has little corotion but the car is in good shape all the eqipment are original and working perfectly.I love this car very much because of the unique design of the car I have few old cars but my wolsely 1500 is my pet and the best.
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My dad owned a Wolseley 24/80 Mk II from new - fabulous car and he kept it for about 12 years with no trouble. I recall many quiet and comfortable road trips in it as a child and learnt to drive it at 18 - the manual gearbox had quite a personality of its own and took some getting used to!! In the ned it got sold off for nothing and I hope the buyer was an enthusiast who did it up.
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I have a Wolseley 24/80 1965 model, she is two toned maroon and white and I have chopped the top off. I dont wish to sell, that is why I made it customed with the original trimmings. they are absolutely wonderful cars if they only made them this stylish these days.
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