SHOW­STOP­PER OF 1958 THE STAR SAP­PHIRE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 6-Page Earls Court Motor Show Special -

The win­ner of the four-door coach­work class at the 1958 mo­tor show, and the swan­song of Arm­strong Sid­de­ley’s car man­u­fac­tur­ing, the 4-litre, 104mph Star Sap­phire em­bod­ied some of the finest au­to­mo­tive crafts­man­ship in the world. Its price tag of £2645 17s was not ex­actly cheap, but you can’t re­ally mea­sure the virtues of such a car in mere money, and the list of stan­dard equip­ment you got for that price in­cluded au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, power-as­sisted steer­ing and sep­a­rate heat­ing for the front and rear com­part­ments. Mo­tor Sport mag­a­zine said that it ‘shines as a fine car of the old school, sober in ap­pear­ance and par­tic­u­larly easy to drive’, while Au­to­car con­sid­ered ‘the Star Sap­phire has few equals even be­yond its price range’. It was a sad mo­ment for Bri­tish mo­tor­ing when pro­duc­tion ended in the sum­mer of 1960.

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