Overview
Produced: 1957-1965, 103394 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats

The Wolseley 1500 appeared in 1957 alongside its mechanically similar Riley 1.5 sister, both cars being the result of an ill-fated attempt to replace the Morris Minor. The 1500 used the Minor floorpan and torsion bar suspension layout which helped the cars chassis dynamics and road-holding ability.

The 1500 sold steadily until 1965, passing thru Series II and III developments along the way. The Wolseley 1500 had the usual front grille and badge treatment, many cars were finished in cheerful two-tone paint schemes which, along with well trimmed interiors, helped give these compact saloon cars an upmarket feel. 

Buyers Guide Wolseley 1500 & Riley 1.5 featured in Practical Classics November 2007 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: Motorbase
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
1489ccS4 OHVBMC B-Series73.025mm x 89mm
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
77 mph24.4 s32 mpg
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
152 Wolseley 1500 Saloon Charterhouse 10 Feb 2013 £2000.00 £2000.00
49 Wolseley 1500 East Anglian Motor Auctions (Norwich) Ltd 14 May 2011 Not sold
117 Wolseley 1500 Saloon Barons 22 Mar 2005 Not sold
007 Wolseley 1500 MK II Saloon (1961) Bonhams 29 Jun 2003 - €2530.00
008 Wolseley 1500 Saloon (1960) Peter Francis 14 May 2002 Not sold
20S Wolseley 1500 (1962) BCA 3 Dec 2001 - CHF2086.00
217 Wolseley 1500 (1961) RTS Auctions Ltd 18 Jun 2000 Not sold
058 Wolseley 1500 (1963) BCA 3 Apr 2000 - £1070.00
005 Wolseley 1500 (1962) BCA 16 Aug 1999 £1750.00 -
209 Wolseley 1500 Saloon (1961) RTS Auctions Ltd 14 Feb 1999 £400.00 -
012 Wolseley 1500 Saloon (1961) H&H Sales Limited 22 Jul 1998 £600.00 -
001 Wolseley 1500 (1958) AMA 13 Jul 1998 Not sold
059 Wolseley 1500 (1962) BCA 7 Apr 1997 £1050.00 -
213 Wolseley 1500 (1957) RTS Auctions Ltd 26 Nov 1995 £100.00 -
029 Wolseley 1500 (1962) ADT 20 Feb 1995 £250.00 -
116 Wolseley 1500 (1960) ADT 20 Feb 1995 £900.00 -
239 Wolseley 1500 (1959) RTS Auctions Ltd 25 Jan 1995 £350.00 -
056 Wolseley 1500 (1964) Brooks 10 Nov 1994 £4000.00 -
014 Wolseley 1500 (1964) Sandown 3 Sep 1994 £2200.00 -
Magazine Articles
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Article 1958 Wolseley 1500
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Publication Practical Classics August 2009
1958 Wolseley 1500- When Roger Caple's father collected his new car, no one imagined it would still be in the family 50 years later.  This is a tale of storage, stately homes, mystery and dogged restoration.
Article Buying guide - Wolseley 1500 & Riley 1.5 (1957-1964)
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Publication Practical Classics November 2007
Buying guide - Wolseley 1500 & Riley 1.5 - A warts-and-all rundown on the cars designed to replace the Morris Minor.
Article Buyers Guide - Riley 1.5/Wolseley 1500
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Publication Practical Classics August 1997
Buyers Guide - Riley 1.5/Wolseley 1500 - Born from a Minor floorpan, these delightful cars never really escaped from the Minor's shadow, but the similarities are actually quite few, as Russ Smith finds out.
Article Buyer's Guide Express - Wolseley 1500
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Publication Classic Car Weekly 14 March 2012
Buyer's Guide Express - Wolseley 1500 - The Wolseley 1500 was the upmarket small family saloon of the late 1950s and early 1960s.  It's affordable, stylish and fun, reckons JAMES TAYLOR.
Article Singer Gazelle Series VI
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Publication Classic Car Mart July 2008
Singer Gazelle Series VI- Simon Goldsworthy goes in search of a little flash for not a lot of cash - and comes away with two cars that show badge engineering in th most prositive of lights.
Article Going for gold
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Publication Classic Car Mart June 2007
Going for gold - It's 50 yeras since the first Wolseley 1500 rolled down the Longbridge line, and Richard Pratt is out to celebrate as Steve Wilson finds out.
Article Six Of The Best - Fifties Saloons
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Publication Classic Car Mart November 2005
Six of the best - Fifties Saloons - Austin A30/A35, Ford 100E Series, Wolseley 1500/Riley 1.5, Rover P4, Ford Consul/Zephyr, Zodiac MkII, Vauxhall Cresta/Velox 'PA'.
Article Starter Classic - Riley/Wolseley 1500
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Publication Classic & Sports Car February 2005
Starter Classic - Riley/Wolseley 1500 - The big-engined Morris Minor makes an excellent first classic saloon, as Malcolm McKay explains.
Article A Little Luxury - Wolseley 1500
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Publication Classic Car Mart January 2005
A Little Luxury - Wolseley 1500 - Everyone’s entitled to a little luxury.  Emm met up with Les Ridgley and his pride and joy, a Wolseley 1500.
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