Welcome to the Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club
Car Of The Month
1952 Whitley CNH 984
This Whitley was delivered to Hamtune Motors on the 28th of January 1952 and sold to Dr. G. S. Forrester just a week later. Originally black with a maroon interior, the car has gone through a number of colour changes in its life. Its early history is hazy, but it remained in regular use throughout the 1960s moving north from its Midlands origin to the Oldham area. It was sold as a restoration project in 1994 and turned up in a sorry state on ebay in 2006, where it was purchased for the princely sum of just £950.
The previous owner carried out extensive restoration and got the car running and driving again, but poor health meant he couldn’t cope with the preselect gearbox. With a heavy heart, he agreed to exchange the now re-sprayed black and white Whitley for a modern automatic. The current owner purchased an automatic sports car as requested, drove it from the Midlands to Yorkshire and drove the Whitley back. This was an interesting first experience of a pre-select gearbox!
Returned to the Midlands, CNH 984 has since had a cosseted life as befitting a 64-year-old car. The interior has been repaired and further improved, the gearbox has been overhauled and the car was treated to a professional re-spray in 2012, changing its colour again to the current dark blue and white. It remains in regular use, transporting its custodian to rallies and events, often to work and occasionally carrying a bride to an important occasion.
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.
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