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David H
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1 of 10  Thu 26th Mar 2015 8:14pm  
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I have been reading about Armstrong Siddeley Motors, formed in 1919 at Parkside to produce high-end hand built cars for wealthy customers. It must have been quite a leap of faith to begin producing a car costing the equivalent today of well over £47,000 less than one year after the end of the Great War, but the enterprise proved to be a success, and Armstrong Siddeley continued to make cars for the next forty years. We had a Whitley when I was a teenager and I loved it, revelling in its road presence. I was fascinated with it's preselector gearbox and "fluid flywheel" (whatever that was!) The inventor of this gearing system was I understand Walter Wilson, an engineering genius who was credited as the co-inventor of the tank, which relied on his novel epicyclical gearbox. I do not remember the factory other than going with my father on one occasion to buy a silencer for the Whitley from the parts department and would love to know if anyone has any memories or information regarding the company. Edited by member, 26th Mar 2015 8:19 pm
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matchle55
Coventry
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2 of 10  Thu 26th Mar 2015 9:05pm  
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My pre war Riley has a Wilson pre -selector gearbox which drives through a centrifugal clutch. When I was looking for a car to restore I knew it had to be Coventry built . The marques I considered were Riley, Alvis, Lea Francis and Armstrong Siddeley, specifically a Typhoon, as it was the Riley was slumbering in a lock up in Barnacle, sorted Smile Smile . All this was 37 years ago.
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bohica
coventry
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3 of 10  Thu 26th Mar 2015 9:48pm  
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You may find these of interest... http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Armstrong_Siddeley_Motors http://armstrongsiddeleymotors.com/ http://www.siddeley.org/ ASM also had hangar space at Bitteswell aerodrome after the war where they were involved in many projects relating to the jet turbine engine
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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4 of 10  Thu 26th Mar 2015 11:13pm  
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dutchman
Spon End
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5 of 10  Thu 26th Mar 2015 11:29pm  
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In the late 1960s there was a beautiful Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire parked outside the garage in Earlsdon Avenue (North). I often admired it as I walked home from school. I later learned it was probably a chauffeur-driven hire car.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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6 of 10  Sat 11th Mar 2017 6:07pm  
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Post copied from topic Short Street on 16th Mar 2017 9:15 am
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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7 of 10  Thu 16th Mar 2017 9:07am  
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Ah, yes, the Siddeley. The first time I walked through those gates I believe was 1948, I was being guided on a tour whilst being interviewed for a job as works fireman. There were gangs of men assembling the cars (no track), rows of cars a few yards from each other, all hand built. There was no time fixture to each man for his part in the assembly. They had time to talk. But Coventry in those days, men were happy with their lot, most had recently returned from the horrors of war. All they wanted was a honest job for honest pay, a home of their own, a new city with new shops. There was an expectancy, an excitement, like kids days before Xmas throughout the city. You could feel it all around you, new fashions, new music, new sports facilities, new cars, a great time for a great city.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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8 of 10  Thu 16th Mar 2017 9:49am  
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Photos of five cars Thumbs up
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RogerN
Honiton Devon
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9 of 10  Sat 18th Mar 2017 9:50pm  
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I came to Coventry in 1949 to train with Rootes and as you say there was a vitality about the city. All the car factories were going full blast and sending cars all over the world. Rootes exported over 75% of what they made and there were new cars parked everywhere - plenty of bomb sites - prior to being driven to the docks. Everyone was in work and there were others coming from all over the country to work. The pubs, especially on a Friday, like the Walsgrave and Wyken Pippin, were always busy. Then on Saturday there was the 'City' with George Mason, Plum Warner, Noel Simpson, Norman Lockhart and Dick Mason. The absolute tragedy was the labour unrest which let in the imports and just ended up putting everyone out of work. The convenors and stewards were too politically motivated when they should have been creating an industry to provide jobs for the grandchildren. Happy memories.
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Mr Blue Sky
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
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10 of 10  Mon 20th Mar 2017 11:20pm  
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I worked at Armstrong Siddeley Motors from 1957 to 1960 and remember seeing a Star Sapphire Limousine built for Princess Margaret, it had deep pile lambs wool rugs in the back and wood veneer drinks cabinet, also wood veneer dashboard, a car made for Royalty. It is still on the road today as a wedding hire car by a company in Cornwall.
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