Wolseley Hornet (ADO 15) - The posh Mini with a big bum. The Riley Elf and Wolseley Hornet versions of the Mini were launched in 1961 with the 848cc engine. In 1963 the MkII Hornet was launched with a 998cc engine, and in 1964 it gained Hydrolastic suspension. The MkIII Hornet and Elf appeared in 1966 with wind-up windows and concealed hinges. In 1969 production stopped and the Clubman models took over as the upmarket Minis.
Riley Elf, British Motors Corp. front view from the driveway. Released in 1961 as more luxurious versions of the Mini, both the Wolseley Hornet and the Riley Elf had longer, slightly finned rear wings and larger boots that gave the cars a more traditional three-box design.
Wolseley Hornet Mk.III (1964-69) Engine 998cc S4 OHV The Mk.1 Hornet was introduced in 1961 along with the similar Riley Elf. Basically an upmarket and finned version of the 848cc Mini with a Wolseley or Riley grille, fins, wrap around rear bumper, heater and screen washers. For 1963 the Mk.II was given the 998cc engine of 36 bhp twin leading shoe front brakes.