Wolseley Hornet I

Overview
Produced: 1961-1963, 28455 produced.
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats

In 1961 BMC added two small "luxury" models to its impressive Mini range, the Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet. The Elf and Hornet both shared a distinctive, "long-tailed" body shell which had special front panels to accommodate the two marques traditional, up-right grilles. The longer tail incorporated extended rear wings (with upright tail lamps and "fins") which provided a much larger boot area with a top hinged boot lid.

MkI Hornets were powered by the standard Mini 848cc A-Series engine which seemed slightly underpowered towards the end of the models life. Hornets were well equipped, the interior featuring extra sound proofing, quality seat coverings and Cooper instruments mounted in a walnut centre panel.

Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
848ccS4 OHVBMC A-Series62.92mm x 68.25mm
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
78 mph24.1 s
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Article Small club, Big Birthday
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Publication Classic Motor Monthly May 2010
Small club, Big Birthday - New from the Clubs' send you club news items to us today! Double Celebration for the Wolseley Hornet Special Club.
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