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Car Of The Month

1955 346 Sapphire Mk II

346 Mk II

This Mk 2 Sapphire 346 automatic has its original registration number of HCH 53 and its 3435cc engine produces 125 bhp at 4700rpm. It was purchased new on the 17th June 1955 by F.H. Lloyd and Company Limited (Steel Works of Birmingham). It was then sold in 1958 to Mr George Grigg.

In 1960 Mr Grigg returned the car to the factory as he was shocked to find that the rear wings were badly rusted. The factory agreed to replace the rear wings but, as they were out of stock of 346 wings they offered to replace them with wings for the new, fantastic "Star Sapphire". This was agreed as they gave the car a "more up to date appearance".

Mr Grigg owned the car for 28 years, making many journeys to his holiday home in North Wales. When Mr Grigg died, the car was taken on by a relative, and unfortunately parked up in a field and left for many years unused. It later changed hands and finished up in a barn in Tamworth. Eventually it was discovered in a very poor state in the 1990s, when it was restored to a very high standard over several years at a cost well in excess of £16,000.00.

When the restoration was complete, it was in "better than new" condition, but the new owner was restless, eventually swapping the 346 for a Bentley which needed similar TLC. He didn't have room in his garage for another car so he put the 346 in an auction. Unfortunately, Ted did not put a reserve price on the car, and was very shocked when it went under the hammer for £5,000!

It was purchased by a dealer in Birmingham, who put it in his window without doing any further work, and the current owner purchased it in October 2006 with a mileage from new of 56,500. The current owner has spent the years since running the car, attending shows, (where it earned many awards), and attending club AGMs, Dinner Dances and holidays. In between all this, the vehicle has continued to be improved and maintained, with regular use at motorway speeds.

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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:

Social events

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

Club Magazine

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.

Spare Parts

Photo of the StoresWe 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 supportInspecting the engine

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.

Car database

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.

MerchandisingASOC umbrellas

The club has extensive merchandise including clothing, literature, badges, and accessories. These are dispatched to order by post.

 

 

 

 

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