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Siddeley Special Gallery

1934 saw Armstrong Siddeley unveiling a new model that was to be known simply as the Siddeley Special Six. By dropping the Armstrong from the model name John Siddeley would appear to be making this simple statement "this is my car, one that meets my personal high standards combined with technical excellence and passenger comfort all at a reasonable price". Some have dubbed it as an old mans folly, others compared it to a white elephant; whatever it had the quality and comfort of a Rolls Royce for half the price.

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Siddeley Special Sports Saloon
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In keeping with ASMs normal tradition the Special Six was available with a variety of Burlington bodies, above are some surviving examples. There was also a rolling chassis for customers who wanted the car to be clothed in a body of their own design by their favourite coach builder. Some examples are given below.

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This car is a Burlington bodied Special that was converted by Salmons and Son into a Tickford Landaulette.

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Siddeley Special
1935 Sidelley Special

This Special carries a body by Vanden Plas, the pram handles are for show only as the roof cannot be fully reclined.

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1935 Siddeley Special
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The luxuriously appointed interior of the same Vanden Plas motor car.

Siddely Special Vanden Plas Tourer
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Three more survivors, a Vanden Plas Tourer, a Burlington Sports Saloon (in Australia) and a Burlington Limousine 

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The six cylinder ohv engine had a cubic capacity of 4906cc, with the main engine castings being built with an aluminium alloy known as "Hiduminium" which was developed for strength, durability and lightness for use in aero engines.

 

For full details see the technical data panel below.

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The chassis was a double-down swept configuration with deep side members and well gusseted joints stiffened by tubular and pressed steel cross members.

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The fingertip clutch less gear controls 

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The comprehensive instrumentation

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Comfortable seating for a long drive

Siddeley Special with Hooper body
Hooper Body on a Siddeley Special chasiss
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These images are of a Hooper bodied Special that was supplied new to the Italian Count Natale Labia. for full details of the interesting history of this car please click the button below.

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These images are of a 1934 Siddeley Special with a Lacefield Streamlined Sports Saloon body, perhaps not body beautiful but certainly striking. There are luggage compartments fitted into the front wings.

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Siddeley'Special' Vanden Plas Sports Open Tourer reduced-min.jpg

For full details see the technical data panel below.

Technical Data Panel

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