Wolseley engine dating
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.
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.