1952 Armstrong Siddeley Utility Coupe  Chassis no. SM1810701

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Lot 564
1952 Armstrong Siddeley Utility Coupe
Chassis no. SM1810701

Sold for US$ 29,250 inc. premium
1952 Armstrong Siddeley Utility Coupe
Chassis no. SM1810701
Between 1946 and 1953 Armstrong Siddeley built exactly 717 of these stylish Utility Coupes, most of which were exported to Australia, which received 60f all production. A somewhat unusual departure for a firm hitherto associated with the production of aircraft engines and high quality luxury cars, this pickup-style vehicle was based on the contemporary Whitley saloon (itself a derivative of Armstrong Siddeley’s first new post-war design, the Lancaster) and powered by a 2.3-liter, six-cylinder, overhead-valve engine. Station Coupe (long cab) and Utility Coupe (short cab) variants were made, the latter offering a generous 63½”-long, 10cwt load space. Most Utilities were equipped with a four-speed manual gearbox while a few (believed 20 at most) were delivered with the optional four-speed Wilson pre-selector transmission installed. Significant engineering features of these models include the first successful application of hydraulic valve tappets in a British car and an under-slung chassis frame (the rear frame rails pass under the axle).

This right-hand drive example was sold new in Sydney, Australia by Buckle Motors, one of two major Australian dealerships that claimed responsibility for the ‘Utility Coupe’ concept, the other being Stoke Motors of Melbourne. It is one of the very few equipped with the Wilson pre-selector gearbox and has been the subject of a ‘frame up’ restoration, making it both rare and highly desirable. The vehicle was restored by Richard Morgan of Sydney, New South Wales in 1999 and upon its importation to America in June 2006 was successfully driven a thousand miles at freeway speeds from the Port of Long Beach, California to the vendor’s home in Portland, Oregon without incident. A past winner of various Concours d’Elegance awards in Australia, the car has covered a mere 5,295 miles since restoration and is reported to run and drive exceedingly well. An original owner’s handbook and photographic record of its restoration come with this Utility Coupe, while title and registration applications have been submitted to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles and are expected to be available at time of sale.
1952 Armstrong Siddeley Utility Coupe  Chassis no. SM1810701
1952 Armstrong Siddeley Utility Coupe  Chassis no. SM1810701
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