Armstrong Siddeley Whitley
From 1949 to 1954
|Manufacturer||Armstrong Siddeley Motors|
|Production||1949–1954 4321 made|
|Predecessor||Armstrong Siddeley Lancaster|
|Successor||Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire|
|Body style||4 and 6 light saloon limousine pick-up|
|Engine||2309 cc Straight-6|
|Wheelbase||115 in (2,921 mm) or 122 in (3,099 mm)|
|Length||185 in (4,699 mm)|
|Width||68 in (1,727 mm)|
The Armstrong Siddeley Whitley was a large post-war sports saloon automobile and was a version of the 16/18 hp series made between 1946 and 1954 by the British company of Armstrong Siddeley. The Whitley was the last of the range to enter production, first appearing in 1949.
The Whitley only used the larger 2309 cc overhead valve engine with a tax rating of 18hp that had first appeared on export versions of the Tempest coupled with a choice of synchromesh or pre-selector gearbox. The front suspension was independent using torsion bars, while at the rear was a live axle and leaf springs. A Girling hydro-mechanical braking system was fitted, with the front drums hydraulically operated, while those at the rear were cable.
A variety of body styles were made. Most common are the 4 or 6 light saloons, but limousines were also made on a long-wheelbase chassis from 1950 to 1952.
The Utility Coupe and Station Coupe were pick up versions made for the export market and in particular for Australia.The former had a conventional front seat only and the latter had an extended cabin with a small additional seat at the rear.
In Film and Television
Armstrong Siddeley Whitley Used in the tv program Heartbeat
1953 Armstrong Siddeley Whitley in Stone of Destiny, Movie with Robert Carlyle from 2008