1949 Armstrong Siddeley 16 Hurricane Drophead Coupe
Chassis no. C165290
Engine no. E165225
One of the first British automakers to resume production after World War II, Armstrong-Siddeley continued use of the prewar 16-hp ohv six-cylinder engine, but placed it in an advanced independent-front-suspension chassis and adopted modern styling.
Although suffering from long term storage, this Armstrong-Siddeley 16 Drophead Coupe is a worthy candidate for rejuvenation or restoration. The body, fenders, hood and trunk panels appear in good condition, with the exception of the right door, which is misaligned. The trunk lid has some ripples, and the paint condition is generally poor. Most brightwork is somewhat pitted, but the bumpers, although showing their age, are in good condition.
The interior is done in maroon, and appears to be vinyl. Although dirty, the seats seem in fairly good condition. Other interior panels exhibit warpage and staining. The convertible top appears to be a replacement, in maroon vinyl. Although it is serviceable, it has shrinkage above the doors and staining on the underside. The wood trim around the windshield has been covered in vinyl, and the steering wheel has deteriorated.
The 1,991 cc engine, RAC rated as 16 horsepower, is dirty and oily. It has not run in more than five years, so a general recommissioning must be carried out before attempting to drive the car. Its mechanical condition is completely unknown. A rare and unusual car, this will be a stunning drophead coupe when restored. It is an ideal project for an enthusiast committed to lesser-known British marques.