December 1958 - October 1961
BMC 4 Cylinder Farinas (ADO 9)(Austin Drawing Office)
The Wolseley 15/60 of December 1958 was the first of the badge engineered cars of BMC, which were based on the chassis and mechanics of the earlier A55 Cambridge. This was followed
by the Austin A55 MKII in January 1959. Subsequent models were the MG Magnette MKIII, Morris Oxford V (March) and Riley 4/68. The early models of 1959 had a smaller number plate light, the windscreen wipers parked on the driver’s side and the front doors had a small cut out at the top by the B post. The Austin had a streamlined flying A, but was replaced by a chrome strip in 1960. In 1960 estate models were added and were badged as the Austin A55 MKII Countryman and Morris Oxford V Traveller.
The cars had different front and rear ends and the levels of trim was different with the basic Cambridge; with its metal dash to the Wolseley, Riley, and MG with wood finishing’s and the Riley and MG versions were sportier models. Prices differed as well. The basic Cambridge was £801(Saloon) £915(Countryman); Morris Oxford V £815 87,432 built; Wolseley 15/60 £991 24,579 built; MG Magnette £1012 16,676 built; Riley 4/68 £1028 10,940 built.
The original design from Pininfarina looked more like the Peugeot 404 but Austins stylist Dick Burzi altered the front end and Sid Goble, styled the Nuffied brands depending on their price. The Austin cars were built at
Longbridge and the Nuffield brands at Cowley.
Cars were also built in Australia under the Austin, Morris and Wolseley names, but had the 1622cc engine and longer wheelbase from 1959. The Cambridge was sold as the Austin Cambrian in North America.
Layout: Unit-construction pressed steel body-chassis structure, 4-door, 4-seater saloon with the engine in the front and rear wheel drive.
Engine and transmission: B-series engine, 4 cylinder, ohv, in-line. 1489cc, 73.02x88.9mm, 52bhp at 4,350rpm, 82lb ft at 2,100rpm; (Riley & MG 64bhp at 4,800rpm; 85lbs
ft at 3,300rpm;) 4-speed gearbox with no synchromesh on first gear; live (beam) rear axle with hypoid-bevel final drive.
Chassis: Independent front suspension, coil springs and wishbones. Cam-and-lever steering. Rear suspension by half elliptic leaf springs. Front and rear drum brakes. 5.90x14 tyres.
Dimensions: Wheelbase 8ft 3.24in; front track 4ft 0.87in; rear track 4ft 1.87in; length 14ft 10in; width 5ft 3.5in; height 4ft 11.75in. Unladen weight (approx.) 2,473lbs.
Performance: Maximum speed 78mph; 0-60 in 23.6sec. Fuel consumption 28mpg.
Riley & MG maximum speed 84mph; 0-60 20.6sec; fuel consumption 27mpg.