Later he found that another British group had bought the rights and he had to come up with a design of his own, having persuaded the directors of WSSMC to invest in the necessary machinery.In 1897 Austin's second Wolseley car, the Wolseley Autocar No. It was a three-wheeled design (one front, two rear) featuring independent rear suspension, mid-engine and back to back seating for two adults.Cylinders were cast individually and arranged either singly, in a pair or in two pairs which were horizontally opposed.
Together they gave the business a new lease of life.
At the November 1905 Olympia Motor Show, the first at the former National Agricultural Hall, two small 6 hp and 8 hp cars were still exhibited with horizontal engines but there were also Siddeley's new 15, 18 and 32 hp cars with vertical engines.
This switch to vertical engines brought Wolseley a great deal of publicity and their products soon lost their old-fashioned image.
However a tendency then arose for journalists to follow the company's full-page display advertising and drop the first word in Wolseley Siddeley — "Siddeley Autocars made by (in smaller typeface) the Wolseley Tool . ." Certainly it was true the new engines were named Siddeley engines.
Curiously in his new Austin enterprise all the engines proved vertical but there he had to suffer a new financial master.
Vickers replaced Austin by promoting Wolseley's London sales manager, John Davenport Siddeley to general manager.It initially made a full range topped by large luxury cars and dominated the market in the Edwardian era.The Vickers brothers died and without their guidance Wolseley expanded rapidly after the war, manufacturing 12,000 cars in 1921, and remained the biggest motor manufacturer in Britain.When Austin's five-year contract officially ended in 1906 they had made more than 1,500 cars, Wolseley was the largest British motor manufacturer and Austin's reputation was made. "We recommend pneumatic tyres for all cars required to run over twenty miles an hour.Austin then provided a paragraph as to why his horizontal engines were better lubricated (than vertical engines) and that 750 rpm, the speed of his Wolseley engines, avoided the short life of competing engines that ran between 1,000 and 2,000 rpm." Engines were horizontal which kept the centre of gravity low.This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it.