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Loose rivets
26th Dec 2006, 04:28
Looking back at Wolseley's history, I saw this. April the first?


26th Dec 2006, 09:25
No, it's perfectly true.A better write up is here (http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/TRANSPORT/gyrocars/schilovs.htm)

Merry Christmas

26th Dec 2006, 11:45
Thing I always remember about Wolseleys is the design of the front grille that made them whistle at certain speeds.

26th Dec 2006, 12:28
Doesn't the Segway represent a similar principle in a different plane?


Shaggy Sheep Driver
26th Dec 2006, 15:59
This http://www.users.bigpond.com/jimjarron/wolseley_444.html was the first car I drove as a teenager. It was me mums, and I used to borrow it. Comfy leather seats, walnut dash, column change gear lever, and no performance!

Me and a mate drove it to London, and a big end went. So I took the pushrods out for the affected cylinder (diagnosed by removing each spark plug, one at a time 'till the knocking stopped) and we continued our week's tour on 3 cylinders. That reduced the available power to levels that required steep hills to be driven up in reverse!

26th Dec 2006, 16:32
This http://www.users.bigpond.com/jimjarron/wolseley_444.html was the first car I drove as a teenager.
Both the Wolseley 4/44 and the MG Magnette were designed by Gerald Palmer. Palmer worked for Nuffield before the war, in particular on the car which, after World War II, was released as the MG Y-type.
In between the MG Y-type and the 4/44 / Magnette he designed the Jowett Javelin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jowett_Javelin) (and Jupiter).
I met and knew Gerald Palmer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Palmer) in his later working life. A real gentleman . . .

26th Dec 2006, 17:44
These various threads on PPRUNE sure bring back some long forgotten memories. Wolsley 444 for example and the Jowit Javelin. What about the old Wolsley police cars (sorry I cannot remember the model)

Lon More
26th Dec 2006, 18:01
1960 6/110

26th Dec 2006, 18:05
That's the one. Remember the Austin Atlantic, fast and powerful (for it's day) convertible.

Loose rivets
26th Dec 2006, 19:36
That's a better quality picture!

Yes the ‘Segue' is incredible, but it does require computer logic I gather. A security man at a local mall was demonstrating his to some friends. I think he must have been the Mekon, cos it just did what he wanted without touching the bars. Totally amazing.

Mind you, they did have a software problem that was tilting people off. Thousands of recalls or soft-patches I believe.

One still has the oval badge to my first car -- It still has the bulb that I purchased for it in the 50s! Tis in a box in the UK

26th Dec 2006, 23:27
'Snot a car! It's an early prototype Electraglide...