Founded in 1919, Armstrong Siddeley was a perfect combination of the skills of an aircraft maker (Armstrong Whitworth) and an upmarket car maker (Siddeley Deasy). Their joint venture earned respect in the UK and they received appreciation to be the respected manufacturers of the convertible cars. Around the 1930s and 1940s they were popular for coming up with innovative and quality cars. Hurricane DHC – Armstrong Siddeley was one of their well-equipped luxury cars that had an edgy design over the overtly sporting cars.
Tactic to take on the Markets:
What majority of the manufacturers did back then was to re-launch all their pre-war models post the World War II. However, Armstrong and Siddeley had a different take on this approach. They quietly worked on the 16hp range and launched the Hurricane DHC – Armstrong Siddeley by May-1945. After that, they did come up with Lancaster saloon version; Tempest, Typhoon and Whitley, but the Hurricane DHC gave them the memories of their lifetime.
Features of Hurricane DHC – Armstrong Siddeley:
- Unlike the other convertible cars, this one was a stylish 4 to 5 seater, with three position drophead coupe.
- It had a developed version of 1991cc 70bhp overhead valve six. This gave the car an incredible speed of 75mph.
- Hurricane came with an independent front suspension which was introduced in the cars by Armstrong Siddeley.
- This car featured Girling hydro-mechanical brakes and traditional four-speed synchromesh transmissions.
- Hurricane was absolutely an in-house production which used steel and aluminium panels over the wooden frame.
- The car performed neatly at all times and offered a rattle free ride with its reassuring powerful brakes.
Along with the Hurricane, they continued to build Typhoon, Tempest, Lancaster etc. Out of them, it was Hurricane that managed to sell 2,606 pieces. Hurricane DHC – Armstrong Siddeley was largely popular for its beautiful design and smooth drive. It would smoothly cruise at 60mph. The best part of this car was that it would have excellent oil pressure as well as the temperature at a majority of the times.
Things to check while buying this rare beauty:
There is no greater joy in this world for a car fanatic than to own a classic and drive it leisurely. But when it comes to buying you need to be careful about certain pointers:
- It is needless to say that the car has to be in a good condition.
- It should ideally have a spare wheel along with a wheel changing kit.
- The vendor must have kept a record of its usage and maintenance history (Right from the date of manufacture till date).
- Check specifically for the maintenance manual.
- Take a close look at the odometer that displays the miles to get a rough idea of how long and how far the car has been used.
- Seek for the permission and get a small test ride. You would know if it drives as excellent as it looks.
Around 1953, the production of the 16hp and18hp ranged convertibles ceased. However, it was 1960 that witnessed a total shutdown in car production of the Hurricane DHC – Armstrong Siddeley. It was because Armstrong went back to concentrate on what he was best at doing – aero engines.