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Armstrong Siddeley Whitley Gallery

The Whitley was introduced in early 1950 as a replacement for the Mulliner boded Lancaster, it used the same chassis and engine as the Lancaster with a body styled and built by Burlington at the Armstrong Siddeley works in Coventry. The main changes were to the rear passenger compartment and to the boot which was larger with a more convenient up swinging lid. The first model introduced had two windows on each side of the body, known confusingly as a four-light saloon.


The Lancaster continued to be available with three windows on each side of the body - yes known as the six light saloon - until it was superseded by a six light Whitley in 1952.

The following photos are of four-light Whitleys

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The next three photo's are six-light examples.

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The green estate car in the following photos was originally a Whitley Station Coupe and was converted in Australia by Sydney coachbuilders McDonald's. The dashboard shown is of a production Whitley and is a considerable improvement on the one used for the first Lancasters and Hurricanes.

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Late in 1950, a Limousine version of the Whitley was announced, this was a long-wheelbase version of the Whitley which give more legroom in the rear compartment and easier access through wider forward opening doors. Additional equipment included a sliding glass division which housed two occasional fold-down seats. There were 122 examples built, 2 of which were Landaulettes. The car in the photo on the right was supplied to the Sultan of Zanzibar.

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CC19  143  Sultan of Zanzibar 18Hp Limo  5.7.1957 C 2.jpg
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The following photos and advertising copy were all produced by the Armstrong Siddeley publicity department.

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17CC 349  Whitley atStanton Corner 9.6.1950 cropt from top resize-min.jpg
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