Stoneleigh is a rare survivor
The organisers of the recent Hampton Ferry Classic Vehicle Rally on 25 June gathered more than 90 classic bicycles, motorbikes, hot-rods and classic cars by the side of the River Avon in order to raise monies for local charities and the fire brigade.
Among a line-up of Armstrong Siddeleys was a rare Stoneleigh of 1923 vintage in a maroon open body style. It is believed that only two exist in the UK with a further three around the world. It boasts an air-cooled V twin-cylinder engine of 998cc producing around 15bhp, with the accelerator pedal in the middle instead of the normal pedal grouping and has no back axle differential! Apparently the model was only built for two years by Armstrong Siddeley subsidiary Stoneleigh Motors Co. It was meant to be for the masses but was overpriced, hence why production ceased in 1925. The car to date is owned by Mr Frank Cooke of Gloucester.
This photograph shows the maroon aluminium-bodied Stoneleigh in the Armstrong Siddeley line-up at the show.
Dick Teasdale, Coventry
Armstrong Siddeley is one of two in the UK.