ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY WHITLEY 18HP
by Ann & Andy Blatchford of Sandhurst, Berks, KFO 268 has
had three previous owners:
Mr W.J. Wenlock, Mr Mark Usher and Mr Terry Bennett.
new was £975, plus Purchase Tax of £277 11s 8d, for
a total of £1,246 11s 8d.
elegant machine, sold to Mr Wenlock by S K Hunter of Peterborough,
was originally registered as CEB 83.
No. C1810031. Engine No. E1810062. Gearbox No. P163816.
Body number W12014. Guarantee record No. 6213
Delivery 1st February 1951 to Mr W.J. Wenlock via Agent S.K. Hunter
of Peterborough. First registered 31/1/1951 with Reg. No. CEB 83
Price new £975 + Purchase Tax £277 11s 8d Total £1,246
Colour Brown & Cream (GWR colours) with Brown interior
Engine -6 cylinders, wet (cast iron) sleeved. Bore/Stroke 70mm/100mm
Capacity 2309cc Hydraulic valves, four bearing crankshaft. Pressure
lubrication with full-flow filter. Alloy pistons, four rings. Compression
Carburettor - Stromberg downdraft, mechanical fuel pump,
Max power 75bhp at 4,200rpm.
Max torque 108lb/ft at 2,500 rpm.
RAC rating 18.22hp (nominal 18hp)
Top speed 80mph
Acceleration 0-50 13.5sec 0-60 19.0sec
Consumption - 23-25 mpg. Fuel capacity 12 gallons incl. reserve by dashboard
switch approximately one gallon. Range 275 - 300 miles
- Armstrong Siddeley Wilson Preselective epicyclic
Ratios fourth 1:1 Third 1.416:1 Second 2.09:1 First 3.6:1 Reverse 4.469:1
Clutch - 8" Newton dry-plate centrifugal
Rear axle - Salisbury final drive ratio 5.1:1
Brakes - Girling hydro-mechanical in 12" finned drums. Hydraulic
to front, mechanical at the rear. Handbrake - pistol grip operating
the rear mechanical link by cable.
Shock absorbers Lever action Girling PV6X are fitted all round.
Steering - Burman F-Type recirculating-ball. The steering column is
adjustable for rake and reach.
- Length 15'5" Width 5'8"
Front track 4'6" Rear track 4'6½" Wheelbase 9'7"
turning circle 37ft
We acquired this car in October 2001 and the list of 'things to do'
is growing all the time. Most of the interior has now been restored,
(the wood was in remarkably good condition and has come up beautifully).
The next step was the door linings.
fitting a tow-bar, (so we could tow an old caravan we were given), we
have upgraded the rear springs at the same time as replacing the broken
of the list is to deal with the paint imperfections on the roof, then
the rest of interior and more cleaning of the leather upholstery. Keeping
the dreaded rust from the chrome seems to be a full time job.
keep an eye open for us at classic car shows and make sure we are keeping
up with our intentions.