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Armstrong-Siddeley Reviews

Armstrong and Siddeley joined forces in 1919. The first half of the combine - Amrstrong - was founded in 1902 and, after various partnerships, was taken over by the Armstrong Whitworth Development Compane to specialise in large luxury machines, even if it also marketed a smaller 12hp model. It established itself as one of the UK's most respected manufacturers in the pre-war era.

In the week WW2 ended, Armstrong-Siddeley was ready for action. It launched the patriotically-named Lancaster saloon and Hurricane drophead coupés, soon followed by the Typhoon and Whitley. The Sapphire 346 of 1952 brought power steering to British cars for the first time, but the smaller and awkwardly styles 234 and 236 were a failure and contributed to the decision to end car production following a merger with Bristol in 1960.

Good: Solid, rugged and very well made
Bad: Feels a bit too pre-war
Good: Great looking coupe, high quality build, solid and dependable
Bad: Doesn't go as well as it looks as it shares the Lancaster's 2.0-litre engine
Good: Six-cylinder model still quick today - sensational when new, roomy refined, and better to drive than its upright looks suggest
Bad: Four cylinder Sapphires are puddings in comparison despite more modern styling
Good: Last throw of the dice for Armstrong-Siddeley and a case of going out in style, fast, good to drive, a real Jaguar beater
Bad: Upright looks, expensive to restore, you'll struggle to find support in comparison with Jaguar and Rolls-Royce for instance