On this day in auto history - November 1st

Sun 1st Nov 2020

It was on this day in 1919 that iconic British marque Armstrong Siddeley was officially formed in Coventry by John Davenport Siddeley.

Created out of a merger between the Siddeley-Deasy Autocar Company and Newcastle’s Armstrong Whitworth manufacturing group, the Armstrong Siddeley company specialised in producing a range of luxury vehicles for the top echelons of society.

Having the future King George VI as an early customer was a sound endorsement of the marque which boomed in popularity before World War II and held its own immediately after it despite intense domestic competition from the likes of Bentley, Jaguar and Rover.

However, with the company increasingly focused on aviation projects during the 1950’s, Armstrong Siddeley cars eventually lost their place in the market and the decision was taken to stop car production dead in 1960.

Despite everything, a flourishing Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club remains in operation with hundreds of members worldwide. The club runs a comprehensive spare parts service for pre and post war models, helping to preserve the appeal of the iconic marque in the vintage car market.