I was not very familiar with the 1948 Wolseley 6/80, however I must admit that it does have a very, very familiar look and shape. A classic, so to speak. Looking somewhat like a puffed-out Morris Minor, the Wolseley 6/80 was a favorite of Police Departments in England and the United Kingdom for many years. In fact, even though production of these cars ceased in 1954, some of them stayed in police service for many years after, a testament to their durability and overall build quality. Even old, ex-police cars were very much in demand by the public who could not get enough of this rugged roomy car. Of course, it didn’t only have qualities; the steering system in particular was especially atrocious, heavy and unresponsive.
In terms of performance, it was known for being quite acceptable, even if by today’s standards, its speed and acceleration sound absolutely dreary. The 1948 Wolseley 6/80 was powered by an in-line six-cylinder engine with a 2.2-liter displacement, capable of 72 horsepower. This translated into a top speed of 86 miles an hour, quite the accomplishment for the day, and a 0-60 acceleration of 27 seconds, which is somewhat less inspiring.
Despite this, the 1948 Wolseley 6/80 and its successors proved popular and resilient, and their classic, clean shape have penetrated our collective consciousness as to what a typically British car should be.