1938 Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp Redfern Tourer  Chassis no. U1437

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Lot 345
1938 Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp Redfern Tourer
Registration no. EKX 935 Chassis no. U1437

Sold for £ 19,550 (US$ 25,681) inc. premium
1938 Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp Redfern Tourer
Coachwork by Maltby

Registration no. EKX 935
Chassis no. U1437

Footnotes

  • Armstrong Siddeley was created in 1919 by the fusion of the mighty Armstrong Whitworth engineering combine and the Coventry based Siddeley-Deasy company. Introduced in 1935, the Armstrong-Siddeley '17hp' (its actual RAC rating was 16½hp) featured a six-cylinder overhead-valve engine of 2,394cc coupled to the firm's characteristic Wilson pre-selector four-speed gearbox. Three different chassis lengths enabled the 17hp to cater for sporting motorists, owner-drivers and the carriage trade while mechanically the cars were conventional for the period, with semi-elliptic springs all round and mechanical brakes. Production of all types had amounted to only 4,260 cars by the time production ceased in 1939.
    Manufactured in March 1938, this Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp carries 'Redfern' four-door tourer coachwork by Maltby, a company founded during the Edwardian era in Sandgate, Kent. In 1926 company founder John Maltby sold out to a Mr Redfern, chairman of whisky distillers, Johnnie Walker, whose sons took over the running of the coachworks. The revitalised Maltby acquired a number of agencies and provided catalogued designs for several manufacturers, Armstrong-Siddeley among them, which included its 'Redfern' brand dropheads. Maltby is noteworthy as the first British coachbuilder to automate the folding/unfolding of the convertible hood, initially (in 1935) using the 'Jackall' system's hydraulic pump and subsequently by means of an electric motor.
    We are advised that this Redfern tourer was restored in 1990, including an engine rebuild, and has covered only 1,000-or-so miles since completion. The car has recently been re-commissioned after long-term storage, which involved cleaning the fuel tank, fitting a new carburettor, rebuilding the radiator and a full service. Described as lovely to drive with everything working well, power-operated hood included, this rare Armstrong-Siddeley soft-top is offered with current MoT certificate and Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • The registration number, chassis number and engine number which are printed in the catalogue are incorrect. Please note the online catalogue is correct. Further to this since publication of the catalogue we now know this car is a 14hp not a 17hp as catalogued.
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1938 Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp Redfern Tourer  Chassis no. U1437
1938 Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp Redfern Tourer  Chassis no. U1437
1938 Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp Redfern Tourer  Chassis no. U1437
1938 Armstrong-Siddeley 17hp Redfern Tourer  Chassis no. U1437
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