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Armstrong-Siddeley Lancaster (1946 - 1952)

Last updated 19 March 2013

Solid, rugged and very well made
Feels a bit too pre-war
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The Lancaster - named after the WW2 bomber - was the company’s first post-war car. But it was not an all-new effort, carrying over much of the pre-war Armstrong-Siddeley's underpinnings and mechanics. Despite that, it can is still Britain’s first all-new post-war car, appearing - memorably - on the market the same week hostilities ceased in Europe.

The 2.0-litre saloon was hardly groundbreaking but, with torsion bar suspension, hydromechanical brakes and a four-speed allsynchromesh gearbox, it was comfortable and easy to drive. And today, it has a strong following from fans who love its solid and dignified way of going about its business. But its ruggedness didn't extend to anti-corrosion - it suffered badly from rust.

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