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Austin launched the AD017 model in October 1964 as the Austin 1800 and two years later Morris dealers were able to offer the Morris 1800 onto the market. The Wolseley version did not reach the market until 1967 and was further up market with their more luxurious trim and classy styling .The 18/85 featured a re-designed nose, additional chrome trims, rubber faced over-riders and the interior featured leather seats, walnut door capping's and dashboard with dial type instruments. The Wolseley 18/85 MKII was introduced in the Spring of 1969 and later in the same year saw the launch of the 'S' that was tuned and offered similar luxury and performance to the Austin 3 litre. The 'S' boasted twin carburettors and a different manifold and exhaust set up.
We believe the number of Wolseley 18/85 ‘S' on the road today is in single figures and they have certainly become quite rare. This lovely, usable example was first registered on the 1stApril 1970 and has covered just 49000 miles from new and has spent much of its life in the South of England. We don't have any early history but know the car was in the Woolwich area of London over ten years ago covering around 1500 miles per year. The 18/85 was then sold to a lady in Poole, Dorset who covered just 100 miles per year before taking the car off the road.
In 2015 the Wolseley was subject of some re-commissioning work having spent several years off the road. The car was treated to a new clutch, new main engine oil seal, new water pump, overhauled brakes, new bottom hose and some suspension work. CYV 702H was treated to a full re-paint around two years ago and presents very well with a lovely, straight original bodyshell and now boasts gleaming, high quality paintwork. The rest of the car is original with very smart chrome work and an excellent interior with stunning original Grey leather seats, good quality carpets, door cards and headlining. The Wolseley must have been garaged stored as the car has no signs of being left outside to deteriorate. The walnut dash and door capping's are original and do have evidence of crazing but the overall general appearance of the car is excellent throughout. The engine bay is lovely and original with original paint evident on the inner wings, bulk head and front panel. The boot area is clean, tidy and nicely presented.
On the road CYV 702H is fabulous with the benefit of power assisted steering. The engine sounds terrific and performs superbly, the four speed manual gearbox is smooth and changes up and down the gearbox are smooth. The Wolseley has a very good road holding and feels strong, robust and reliable. This rare, low mileage and highly original car is luxurious, spacious and is a perfectly useable family saloon that is ideal for regular use, long distance driving and will be great for the classic car show scene.