c.1951 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Limousine  Chassis no. P3 18027 Engine no. 189976

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Lot 446
c.1951 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Limousine
Registration no. GHP 80 Chassis no. P3 18027 Engine no. 189976

Sold for £ 5,750 (US$ 7,573) inc. premium
c.1951 Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Limousine
Registration no. GHP 80
Chassis no. P3 18027
Engine no. 189976

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. (Choosing the evocative names of WW2 aircraft for its models made good sense for Armstrong Siddeley, which had built many of them – as Hawker Siddeley and Armstrong Whitworth – and supplied the engines for countless others). 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 coupé and 'razor-edge' Whitley saloon, named after the company's twin-engined bomber. The Whitley 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).
    In September 1950 a limousine was introduced on the 18hp chassis. The latter had its wheelbase extended by 7" (to 10' 2") to accommodate the generously proportioned formal coachwork, which was built by the factory, while other departures from standard 18hp practice included 16" wheels and full hydraulic braking. London-based car rental firm, Godfrey Davis was a major customer, taking over one third of all 18hp Limousines produced. Production of the 16/18hp range ceased in 1953 after a little over 12,000 of these characterful cars had been made, a mere 125 of which were completed on the long-wheelbase chassis, all but three being Limousines.
    It is understood that this rare Armstrong Siddeley 18hp Limousine had been left neglected in a garage for 15 years when it was purchased by the previous owner in 1992. Restored in the mid-1990s and reregistered on its original number in 1998, the car has been used infrequently by the current vendor because of his ill health. Described as in generally good condition, 'GHP 80' is offered with sundry restoration invoices and photographs, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.
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