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Wolseley (ADO71). March–September 1975 (prod. 3,000 approx.). 4-door saloon. F/F, 2226 cm³ (I6 OHC). Most luxurious variant of the British Leyland Diablo or 18-22 range, differentiated by raised bonnet, subtle chrome grille and full-width ‘Wolseley’ strip on boot. Exceptionally roomy car thanks to its wedge shape and front-wheel-drive configuration, though styling divides opinions. Average to poor performance recorded at the time, hampered by bad press. A fleet of Wolseleys (no model name here) was used to ferry politicians in London. Final car with Wolseley brand; it was absorbed into the Princess (or Leyland Princess) range within mere months.

Manufacturing locations: Cowley, Oxfordshire, England

Marque: Wolseley | Predecessor: Wolseley Six | Successor: Princess (1975–8)

q.v. Austin 1800, 2200 (1975), Morris 1800, 2200 (1975)

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