11th Mar, 2023 13:00

March 2023 Classic & Performance Car Auction

 
  Lot 47
 

1952 Armstrong Siddeley Whitley Four-Light Saloon

Registration - MXC 996

Chassis No. - 1812174

M.O.T. - Exempt

Odometer - 54,345

With a highly polished Sphinx mascot at the tip of its long, shapely bonnet and the distinctive column change of a Wilson pre-selector gearbox, ‘MXC 996’ could only be an Armstrong Siddeley - and what a splendid example too. Its lustrous black and white saloon bodywork is teamed with brown leather interior trim, which in turn is complemented by a wood facia and door cappings and tailored light-brown carpets. The vendor acquired the car from Southern Ireland, where it had been dry stored for some 12 years. He believes it to be very original and currently considers the straight-six engine, pre-selector transmission, four-door bodywork, paintwork and upholstery as all being in ‘good’ order. The odometer currently stands at a credible, though unwarranted, 54,456 miles, and the stately Armstrong is now being offered complete with its full complement of tools and in full working order save for the reserve fuel switch and clock, which are presently hors de combat.

The Armstrong Siddeley engineering group was created in 1919 by the amalgamation of Armstrong-Whitworth and Siddeley-Deasy. The company’s first post-war offerings – the Lancaster four-door saloon and Hurricane drophead coupe – were initially powered by OHV 2-litre six cylinder engines, though by 1949 their capacity had been increased to 2.3-litres. The latter were among the 18 Series models (so called because of their 18hp tax rating), the next of which – the Whitley – followed in 1949. The most common versions of the newcomer were the four or six-light saloons. However, a long wheelbase limousine was offered, plus a pick-up variant that was aimed at the Australian market. The 2.3-litre engine was mated to either a conventional four-speed manual or Wilson pre-selector gearbox. The front suspension was independent by torsion bars, while the rear featured a live axle suspended on leaf springs. Braking was by a Girling hydro-mechanical system. Some 4,321 Whitleys are understood to have been built before the model was superseded by the Sapphire in 1954.

In summary:

  • An apparently very original example with low indicated mileage
  • Equipped with the optional Wilson pre-selector transmission
  • Comes complete with integral jacking system and original tools

 

'A Buyer’s Premium applies to the Hammer Price of this Lot if your bid is successful, as per the following;  Motor Cars 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT), Motorcycles and Bicycles 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT); Registration Numbers 15% + VAT (minimum £50 + VAT); Automobilia 15% + VAT (minimum of £5 + VAT).'

 Potential buyers should satisfy themselves with the description and condition of each lot prior to sale. Each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ as per the terms and conditions for the auction, buyers are asked to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out the service. Any disputes over descriptions will not be entertained.

 

Sold for £5,062

(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)


 

Registration - MXC 996

Chassis No. - 1812174

M.O.T. - Exempt

Odometer - 54,345

With a highly polished Sphinx mascot at the tip of its long, shapely bonnet and the distinctive column change of a Wilson pre-selector gearbox, ‘MXC 996’ could only be an Armstrong Siddeley - and what a splendid example too. Its lustrous black and white saloon bodywork is teamed with brown leather interior trim, which in turn is complemented by a wood facia and door cappings and tailored light-brown carpets. The vendor acquired the car from Southern Ireland, where it had been dry stored for some 12 years. He believes it to be very original and currently considers the straight-six engine, pre-selector transmission, four-door bodywork, paintwork and upholstery as all being in ‘good’ order. The odometer currently stands at a credible, though unwarranted, 54,456 miles, and the stately Armstrong is now being offered complete with its full complement of tools and in full working order save for the reserve fuel switch and clock, which are presently hors de combat.

The Armstrong Siddeley engineering group was created in 1919 by the amalgamation of Armstrong-Whitworth and Siddeley-Deasy. The company’s first post-war offerings – the Lancaster four-door saloon and Hurricane drophead coupe – were initially powered by OHV 2-litre six cylinder engines, though by 1949 their capacity had been increased to 2.3-litres. The latter were among the 18 Series models (so called because of their 18hp tax rating), the next of which – the Whitley – followed in 1949. The most common versions of the newcomer were the four or six-light saloons. However, a long wheelbase limousine was offered, plus a pick-up variant that was aimed at the Australian market. The 2.3-litre engine was mated to either a conventional four-speed manual or Wilson pre-selector gearbox. The front suspension was independent by torsion bars, while the rear featured a live axle suspended on leaf springs. Braking was by a Girling hydro-mechanical system. Some 4,321 Whitleys are understood to have been built before the model was superseded by the Sapphire in 1954.

In summary:

  • An apparently very original example with low indicated mileage
  • Equipped with the optional Wilson pre-selector transmission
  • Comes complete with integral jacking system and original tools

 

'A Buyer’s Premium applies to the Hammer Price of this Lot if your bid is successful, as per the following;  Motor Cars 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT), Motorcycles and Bicycles 12.5% + VAT (minimum £150 + VAT); Registration Numbers 15% + VAT (minimum £50 + VAT); Automobilia 15% + VAT (minimum of £5 + VAT).'

 Potential buyers should satisfy themselves with the description and condition of each lot prior to sale. Each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ as per the terms and conditions for the auction, buyers are asked to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out the service. Any disputes over descriptions will not be entertained.

 

Auction: March 2023 Classic & Performance Car Auction, 11th Mar, 2023

Our March auction of classic, modern classic and prestige cars and motorbikes will take place at Mavericks in Holywell, North Wales (half an hour’s drive from Chester). Mavericks, 8 Moyston Road Business Park, Llannerch-y-Môr, Holywell, CH8 9DQ

There will be free parking for auction attendees.

Entries are now being invited, and sellers will benefit from Hampson’s unique offering of zero sellers commission for physical auctions, meaning that vendors keep 100% of the hammer price achieved for their vehicles.

If you wish to consign your vehicle to this auction, you can request a valuation here or by calling one of the Hampson Auctions team on 01606 828124

 

Viewing Days:
Friday 10th March 2pm - 7pm
Saturday 11th March 9am - 1pm

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