1920 Armstrong-Siddeley 30hp Series E 5-Litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 1936E Engine no. 13221
Lot 574
1920 Armstrong-Siddeley 30hp Series E 5-Litre Open Drive Limousine
Registration no. NL 960 Chassis no. 1936E Engine no. 13221
Sold for £10,925 (US$ 14,823) inc. premium

Lot Details
1920 Armstrong-Siddeley 30hp Series E 5-Litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 1936E Engine no. 13221 1920 Armstrong-Siddeley 30hp Series E 5-Litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 1936E Engine no. 13221
1920 Armstrong-Siddeley 30hp Series E 5-Litre Open Drive Limousine
Coachwork by The Burlington Carriage Co.

Registration no. NL 960
Chassis no. 1936E
Engine no. 13221

Footnotes

  • The coming together of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth and Co. Ltd. and the Siddeley-Deasy Motor Car Co. Ltd. saw the formation of Armstrong-Siddeley Motors Ltd. in 1919. The early cars were unashamedely aimed at the top end of the market, occupied by the likes of Rolls-Royce, Napier and Daimler and the first Armstrong-Siddeley was a 30hp 5-litre model with an overhead valve, six-cylinder engine, cast in threes. The marque was distinguished by its V-shaped radiator, Sphinx radiator emblem and 'new-style' disc wheels. The Burlington Carriage Co. Ltd. were Coventry based and proved an obvious local choice for the coachwork on many of the new Armstrong-Siddeleys.

    This car is no exception and carries open-drive limousine coachwork by that company. It was purchased new in either late 1919 or early 1920 by Sir Hubert Swinburne of Capheaton Hall, Northumberland, remarkably remaining in that family until today. George Watson, an estate worker, trained as the first chauffeur and is pictured in the car c.1920. NL 960 (a Northumberland registration number) remained in running order until the start of World War II when it was relegated from the coach house to the hay shed when Capheaton Hall was requisitioned by the Army. Post-war years saw the car return to the coach house, languishing unused for many years prior to going on display at The Beamish Museum in County Durham in the 1980's. While at Beamish the car was restored to running order and repainted in its present maroon and black livery. Restoration was completed in May 1987 at the museum and the car driven back to Capheaton in May that year for the family to admire. In 1992 the car left Beamish, returning to Capheaton and subsequently has been on loan to the Armstrong-Siddeley Collection of Eric St John Foti, housed at Collectors World, Downham Market. It has not been run in recent years.

    This rare, high quality vintage motor car, possibly one of three or so similar cars surviving, is equipped with CAV electric headlamps, diver's helmet rear lamps, two-piece opening windscreen and the four side windows to the rear compartment drop-down railway carriage-style, as do the division windows to the chauffeur's compartment. The rear compartment has been re-trimmed in beige cloth and the chauffeur's compartment re-upholstered in best leather. A tax disc suggests last registration in August 1992. The car has not been used in recent years and will require the usual careful recommissioning.

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