By John Quilter
Trax, an Australian based model producer and vendor concentrates on Australian vehicles, many of which are completely home grown and many of which are adaptations of US built cars from the Big Three, or English cars from BMC, British Leyland or Ford UK. This example is the late 1950s early 1960s Farina styled Wolseley 15/60 which was for all intents and purposes exactly the same as the version sold in the UK. It was essentially a upmarket version of the Morris Oxford and Austin Cambridge. The first version used the evergreen BMC B series engine of 1489cc using one SU carburettor. The UK also had twin SU carburettor Riley and MG Magnette versions taking the badge engineering under BMC to new heights. Later versions featured the somewhat larger 1622cc engine and sometimes with an automatic gearbox the Borg Warner 35. It was felt necessary to cater to all the loyal MG, Wolseley, Morris, etc. buyers and the diverse and separate dealer network in the UK at the time. Everybody had to have a piece of the action in this medium saloon market. This basic body and estate car version of the Austin and Morris lasted until 1971 and some were even fitted with BMC diesel engines.
The Wolseley by Trax and sold by Top Gear (TRR18) is resin and comes in the usual clear Perspex display box with a small introduction card. This is the early version the Farina styled cars having the taller and more pointed fins and different tail lamps. For comparison I have pictured it with the Vanguards Morris Oxford showing the slight restyle and muting of the fins in the second generation of these cars. In Australia there was also an Austin Freeway which was essentially an Austin Cambridge but with minor differences including a different grille treatment.
Going by the Vanguards Morris Oxford, Trax got the scale correct and the only obvious flaw is that the A pillars are a bit too fat. The distinctive Wolseley grill is nicely replicated as is some detail on the undercarriage. Separate chrome door handles, photo etched wipers, and badging are provided.
Trax models are produced in relatively limited quantities and often sell out. Shipping from Australia to the USA is $19.50 Australian dollars ($14.00 USD) and in my case took over a month to arrive.
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