Welcome to the Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club
Car Of The Month
1955 236 Sapphire Manumatic
The new 234/236 range was launched in 1955 and the main differences between the two models were the engines. Both engines had a 2.3 litre capacity but the higher performing 234 had a 4 cylinder engine and the 236 had the silky smooth 6 cylinder engine developed from the 18 HP range. The 236 was available in a two pedal Manumatic version with the clutch operated by movement of the gear lever. This particular car WHW236 was the original demonstrator for the Bristol AS dealership until 1958 and was then sold to its first owner who took the car to Singapore during his time there on business. After its re-importation in the early '60s, it was laid up during the winters and used mainly for annual family holidays to Scotland. After this first owner died in 2001 it was sold showing just 64,000 miles and after a short time it was sold again to the current owner in Wales who has completely dismantled and rebuilt the entire car which is now magnificent in every detail and has won many prizes. Unfortunately the 234/236 range was not a commercial success with only some 1400 built in the three years of production. This was due to several reasons including the launch, also in 1955, of the compact Jaguar Mk1 and also the slightly unusual design of the 234/236 but both models are a delight to drive.
The club aims to make owning or being interested in Armstrong Siddeley Motors’ products, social and engineering history a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. It does this by providing:
Including car rallies, visits to places of interest and social gatherings. Our flagship event is our annual National Rally & Family Weekend each July. Local area representatives support our UK events. Our members in The Netherlands and Germany regularly organise events in their countries. Our sister clubs, the Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of Australia and the Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of New Zealand, run full programs of events in their countries and are always pleased to see ASOC members attending.
We publish 11 magazines a year, in full colour, known as the Sphinx. These are sent out every month except January by post to all members. A variety of articles are included plus classified adds for members free of charge and commercial advertisements from relevant suppliers.
We hold the most extensive range of spare parts for Armstrong Siddeley vehicles in the world, having bought the entire stock of the original company. We have an extensive re-manufacturing programme in conjunction with our sister clubs sourcing new stock where available and commissioning refurbishment of items as required in addition to stocking a large quantity of original factory stock and used parts. From time to time the Stores also has knowledge of complete cars for sale as restoration projects. Parts are available to members only, but membership is open to all to join. Our stores are located near Bradford-on-Avon and is open every Monday and Tuesday with a full-time stores manager in attendance. For convenience orders can be placed by phone or email and are dispatched promptly.
Technical expertise and support
We hold extensive records of Armstrong Siddeley cars, including build records and parts technical drawings, in addition to a library of general Armstrong Siddeley literature. We also provide model specialist technical helplines for virtually all models to help ensure your car runs smoothly or to provide support for your restoration project.
Our Membership Secretary holds extensive records of individual Armstrong Siddeley cars and can assist members in tracing the history of their car or in securing its original registration. Information on original specification, delivery date etc. is also frequently available.
The club has extensive merchandise including clothing, literature, badges, and accessories. These are dispatched to order by post.
Armstrong Siddeley and its associated logos are the registered trademarks of the Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club Ltd.