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A star attraction of the Museum, at least for auto buffs, is a metallic green Wolseley 6/80 motor car, which was owned by the late Justice Alvin ‘Bobby’ Robert Cornelius (1903-1991), who served as the 4th Chief Justice of Pakistan between 1960 and 1968. After his death, the car was acquired by Justice Jawwad Khawaja and he has now donated it to the Museum.
Harking back to an era of simplicity, the Wolseley 6/80 was the first of the post World War II models manufactured by Wolseley Motors and was unveiled at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show.
This British vehicle was manufactured only in a four-door sedan configuration and featured restrained styling with a long front, a side opening bonnet, a two piece front windscreen, chrome trims, large door handles and domed spotlights, all of which lent it an air of class. Customers chose from black, green, grey and maroon; the car’s interior boasted leather covered seats, full carpeting and a wooden dashboard, which completed the feel of ‘Britishness’.
Its six cylinder twin carburettor engine came with an overhead camshaft and the four-speed gear lever was column mounted adjacent to the steering wheel; the front suspension employed a torsion bar with twin shock absorbers and semi-elliptical leaf springs at the rear.
The Wolseley 6/80 had a seven year production run (1948-1954); 25,000 cars were manufactured during this time and this made it a big commercial success for Wolseley. The car was also the preferred mount of the British Police well into the 1960s.
Justice Cornelius’s car will surely be a big draw for visitors. One can only hope that similar memorabilia, including the Rover belonging to Pakistan’s first Chief Justice Sir Abdul Rasheed is also eventually acquired and put on display – but that is a story for another day!
– Romano Karim Yusuf
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on October 27, 2013.