Stoneleigh is a rare sur­vivor

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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