Armstrong Siddeley 18 Whitley Saloon 1955 (3208)

Armstrong Siddeley 18 Whitley Saloon 1955 (3208)

Manufacturer: Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Coventry – UK
Type: 18 Whitley 4-Door Saloon
Production time: mid-year 1948 – mid-year 1953
Production outlet: 2,582
Production outlet: 2,624 (all Armstron Siddeley Whitley models)
Production outlet: 1,697 (by different coachbuilders)
Engine: 2309cc straight-6 Armstrong Siddeley 141.4 OHV
Power: 75 bhp / 4.200 rpm
Torque: 146 Nm / 3.000 rpm
Drivetrain: rear wheels
Speed: 124 km/h
Curb weight: 1460 kg
Wheelbase: 115 inch
Chassis: large central cruciform with box section front, cross bracing and rear chassis rails and a separate steel body (by Burlingham)
Steering: Burman worm and nut
Gearbox: four-speed manual / II, III and IV synchronized / floor shift
Clutch: single dry plate disc
Carburettor: Stromberg DBA36 (four-speed manual) / Stromberg DAA-36 (Wilson preselector)
Fuel tank: 54 liter
Electric system: Lucas 12 Volts 51 Ah
Ignition system: distributor and coil
Brakes front: Girling hydro-mechanical braking system: hydraulic drums
Brakes rear: Girling hydro-mechanical braking system: mechanical drums
Suspension front: independent trapezoidal triangle cross-bar, longitudinal torsion bars + Girling dampers
Suspension rear: beam axle, longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs + Girling dampers
Rear axle: live
Differential: hypoid 5.10:1
Wheels: 17 inch steel discs
Tires: 5.50 x 17 Dunlop
Options: Wilson preselector four-speed transmission (steering column shift), fog lamps, radio

Special:
– The complex history of Armstrong Siddeley dates back to the formation of Siddeley Autocars by John Davenport Siddeley in 1902, whose Coventry works turned out cars closely modelled on contemporary Peugeots.
– After merging with Wolseley in 1905, Siddeley resigned in 1909 and formed a new concern, Siddeley-Deasy, which then went on to produce cars, trucks, ambulances and even aero-engines during the Great War.
– When hostilities ceased in 1919, the Armstrong Whitworth Development Company took over and began marketing a new range of Armstrong-Siddeley motor cars, establishing a reputation for building high quality automobiles in the years leading up to the Second World War.
– Production of aero engines kept Armstrong Siddeley Motors busy during the Second World War and in 1945 the factory was keen to put into production a postwar range of their “cars of aircraft quality”.
– The 18 Whitley Series, named after the Whitley Heavy Bomber (1937-1942), was available as this 4-door Saloon, as rare 4-door Limousine (122 inch wheelbase), as rare 2-door Station Coupé (extended cabin with a small additional seat at the rear) and as rare 2-door Utility Coupé (conventional front seat only).
– These last 2 commercial variants were produced, primarily for export to Australia and New Zealand.
– Coachwork of all the standard designs was produced in-house by Herbert Victor Burlingham, Blackpool, but several outside coachbuilders produced their own versions.

Posted by Le Photiste on 2017-06-06 19:34:21

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