Wolseley engine dating

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Austin had been searching for other products for WSSMC because sale of sheep-shearing machinery was a highly seasonal trade.

About 1895–96 he became interested in engines and automobiles.

The crankshaft lay across the car allowing a simple belt or chain-drive to the rear axle: Austin's resolute refusal to countenance new vertical engines for his Wolseleys, whatever his directors might wish, led to Austin handing in his resignation the year before his contract ended.

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This switch to vertical engines brought Wolseley a great deal of publicity and their products soon lost their old-fashioned image. Certainly it was true the new engines were named Siddeley engines.Vickers replaced Austin by promoting Wolseley's London sales manager, John Davenport Siddeley to general manager.