A tale of two Sid­de­leys

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

I was pleased to read in CCW, 11 Jan­uary, that some­one else likes Arm­strong Sid­de­leys be­cause in the 1960s they had the un­for­tu­nate ep­i­thet of ‘the cars that no­body wants’!

I con­sider my­self for­tu­nate to have owned two Sap­phires be­tween 1967-69 – first a 1959 Star and sec­ondly a 1956 346.

I ac­quired the Star from a pal who had a back street bodyshop. I paid £50 and my old Austin A95 West­min­ster.

I got the 346 from East­wood Bros in Leeds. They were Arm­strong Sid­de­ley ex­perts as the broth­ers had been ap­pren­tices at the pre-WWII AS Ser­vice De­pot in Leeds, their premises be­ing just across the road from where the old de­pot had been in Ro­seville Road.

The Star had a fac­tory re­con­di­tioned en­gine bear­ing a brass plate de­tail­ing the over­size bores and un­der­size crank­shaft bear­ings etc, but still suf­fered from pis­ton slap when it was cold.

Sadly both Sid­de­leys were scrapped or bro­ken for parts. DS Boyes, Leeds, York­shire

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