A tale of two Siddeleys
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