SHOWSTOPPER OF 1958 THE STAR SAPPHIRE
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.