1952 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Hurricane Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 1812323 Engine no. E1812031

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Lot 732
1952 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Hurricane Drophead Coupé
Registration no. XMY 169 Chassis no. 1812323 Engine no. E1812031

Sold for £ 9,775 (US$ 13,079) inc. premium
1952 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Hurricane Drophead Coupé
Registration no. XMY 169
Chassis no. 1812323
Engine no. E1812031

Footnotes

  • While most motor manufacturers entered the post-war era with cars little changed from those on offer in 1939, Armstrong Siddeley was able to launch a new model immediately, announcing the Hurricane in May 1945. A stylish, 4/5-seater, three-position drophead coupé, the Hurricane was soon joined by the mechanically similar Lancaster saloon, both cars using a developed version of the advanced, 1,991cc, 16hp, overhead-valve six introduced in 1938. The newcomers’ independent front suspension was a first for Armstrong Siddeley, and both used Girling hydro-mechanical brakes. There was a choice of traditional pre-selector or four-speed synchromesh transmissions. While Lancaster body construction was contracted out to Mulliners Ltd, that of the Hurricane was undertaken in-house, as was that of the Typhoon fixed-head coupe and Whitley ‘razor-edge’ saloon. The latter was new for 1949, its introduction, together with Station Coupé and Utility Coupé light commercial vehicles, coinciding with enlargement of the engine to 2.3 litres (nominally 18hp). Production of the 16/18hp range ceased in 1953 after a little over 12,000 of these characterful cars had been made.
    An apparently very original older restoration, somewhat mellowed, this Hurricane displays a total of 12,538 miles on the odometer, which may well be the distance covered since the restoration (some expired MoTs record a higher mileage). The car has been fitted with a replacement engine of the correct, 18hp type and has always been a 2.3-litre model, although erroneously recorded in an old logbook as a 2.0-litre. Last taxed for the road in 2000, the car runs sweetly, holding a healthy 30lbs oil pressure when idling (cold), and will have been freshly MoT’d and taxed by time of sale. However, a certain amount of further re-commissioning may be necessary before extended use. Individual, rare, stylish and practical, this ideal summer weekend tourer is offered with history file and Swansea V5 registration document.

1952 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Hurricane Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 1812323 Engine no. E1812031
1952 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Hurricane Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 1812323 Engine no. E1812031
1952 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Hurricane Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 1812323 Engine no. E1812031
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