Welcome to the Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club
Car Of The Month
1931 Mk2 12hp 2-seat Tourer
In October 1930, Armstrong Siddeley introduced the Mk2 12hp model and increased its 6 cylinder engine size from 1236cc to 1434cc. This did not effect its RAC rating of 11.9hp. The cars were available in two types; one was "The New 12hp" with four speed pre-select gearbox and a V-radiator shell and the other was "The Economy model" with three speed pre-select gearbox and a flat radiator shell. Around this period, several body styles were available from the factory for 12hp cars together with others from outside Coachbuilders including Salmons, Maltby, Charlsworth and Maddox. Some 7750 Mk2 12hp cars were built between 1930 and 1935.
This particular car was first registered in Jan 1931 and its first owner was Frederick Prance of Basingstoke. He was a solicitor and ex-Mayor of Basingstoke. When he died the car passed to his wife who used the car after the war and eventually sold it in 1957. Interestingly a current club member who lived near to Mrs Prance as a boy remembers the car being driven around the village in the 1940s. The current owner purchased the car in 2014 and, despite some work having been done, after a detailed inspection he realised that it needed a full "back to basics" restoration. He rebuilt the engine, made a new water pump and reconstructed virtually all the ash frame and floors. He made new wiring looms and a walnut veneered dashboard. In fact every part of the car has been meticulously restored to make it the super example it is today and which is used regularly around his home in West Wales.
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. To read the current edition of Sphinx, club members can click on 'Members Home' in the "Your Account" box on this page and then select
Sphinx from the "Downloads" box and happy reading.
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.