At least some Mafiosi isn't going to say "Pretty car...."
Wonder what the story is? Can it really have done only 5,000km? Were they actually sold in Italy? What happened to the screen? It appears to be left hand drive, so presumably a european market model. More pics would have been really good.
Cool! 1800s seem to turn up anywhere around the world. I guess they were sold in Italy too, but who knows? We know they were in France, Spain, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Austria. At least my "BMC Service in Europe" book says there were more than 100 (!) dealers in Italy. The distributor was in Milan.
I was curious about the white indicator lenses. If they were sun faded the bonnet badge would most likely have been all white too. The parts list shows indeed there were clear indicator lenses offered, due to local regulations I suppose.
White indicator lenses were used in Switzerland, France, Italy. Legally they could also have been used in Belgium and Spain, but these received normal orange ones. I have a set of all white Mk1 lenses here (as well as a set for a Maxi and an Austin/Morris 1100/1300).... In fact only the ones of the ADO16 are proper white, the others are a very light grey!
That's just a 'normal' 18/85 MkII interior - more or less the same than the Austin 3 Litre de Luxe. The trim colour is "Autumn Leaf", available from 1971 model year (I think). It replaced "Mushroom" (or so), which was the rather - erm - sh* brown colour available before. Our first 1800 S was Bedouin with Autumn Leaf interior - very nice!
It seems to me though, as if the Wolseley seats have a smoother 'grain' stamped into the material compared to the Austin 3 litre. There is a marked difference between some seats, although I am not too shure if there has been a change over the years anyway.
Hi Chris, Many thanks..I certainly will ! By sheer chance this was for sale only a few miles from a good friend of mine in Holland,who went to look at it and paid for it for me. I learned to drive on an Austin 1800s (mbj880k).I have wanted another 'S' ever since,but never found one.That this one turned up....and a Wolseley....just had to have it . Brother and I will go and collect it later this month.It has a broken suspension pipe,but other than that there's not much wrong with it...the aircleaner box lid is missing and so are the hubcaps and the grille badge ,but it's pretty much original and not rotten.Can't wait to have it roadworthy...It's been 30 years since I have driven one ! If I can work out how to do pictures...I'll post them if wanted, All the best, Regs, David
Chris, Agree with you on the interior. According to Barney Sharratt's book this was exactly the look that Alec Issigonis wanted for the Austin 1100 only to be told it couldn't be done. He sent for the 1100 team when the 1800 dash was produced to explain themselves.
I've checked the newly restarted database on the Landcrab.net as well as my own, and can only see Michael Sanchez's pre production 1800 as being 1964. Could this French example be the earliest production car still extant?