Welcome to the Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club
Car Of The Month
1956 Sapphire 346 Hearse
Throughout the 40-odd years that Armstrong Siddeley Cars were in production, the factory supplied many rolling chassis to specialist coach builders who produced various utility bodies such as ambulances, fire engines, special pick-ups, shooting brakes and of course hearses. Many of these vehicles had a hard working life and not many survive. Hearses however usually have had a more sedate life and this club is aware of at least two Sapphire 346 examples that have survived and which have been recently restored. They are both in current use today doing what they were designed to do, one in UK and the other in Australia.
This particular model left the factory in 1956 and started life with a funeral director in Ireland. It was recently tracked down by a club member from Cheshire who wanted an original hearse to join his funeral fleet of Sapphire 346 limousines. He found the car in Ireland in a totally derelict condition but it had only covered less than 30,000 miles. He then set about the mammoth task of a complete chassis-up rebuild. The result is a beautiful car which now forms the flagship of his classic funeral fleet and is in great demand as the final transport for many classic car enthusiasts!
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. 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.