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The Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane

Production period1945 to 1949
Number of cars produced2,606
Engine6 cylinder, 1991cc, 16HP, 70BHP @ 4,200RPM
6 cylinder, 2309cc, 18HP, 75BHP @ 4,200RPM
Body stylesDrophead coupe
TransmissionManual
Pre-selector
The 16HP Hurricane was produced between 1945 and 1949, thereafter updated with an 18HP motor until 1953 with a total production of 2,606 vehicles.

Named after the famous WW2 aircraft, the Hurricane along with the Lancaster were the first of the post-war cars to be released. The Hurricane was a luxuriously equipped convertible /drophead coupe with the engine closely modeled on its prewar counterpart.

The hood offered 3 positions – closed, coupe de ville (in this position the partly erect hood covered the rear seat passengers) and fully open.

The car was offered with manual or preselective transmission. Armstrong Siddeley’s policy was one of continual improvement and many changes were implemented during the Hurricane’s eight year life.

Some of the major ones were:

  • In 1948 the bonnet line was lowered to improve forward visibility. In April 1949 a 2.3 litre (18hp) engine became available.
  • In late 1949 a new dashboard, a one piece radiator grille, simplified bonnet and fixed engine bay sides (previously these formed part of the bonnet) resulted in a more modern vehicle.
  • In mid 1952 the tail of the body was altered to match that of the 15HP Whitley saloon.

The Hurricane bodywork was constructed with a mixture of steel, sheet aluminium and timber framing. It was a two-door four seater convertible. A charming, comfortable car it offered the comfort of enclosed motoring in inclement weather and open top motoring when it is fine.


The Armstrong Siddeley Car Club of Australia
Armstrong Siddeley Car Club, PO Box 699, FRESHWATER NSW 2096
Phone Rowan Fitzpatricke, President, 0404 032 113
ACN 001 059 212
Email president@armstrongsiddeley.org
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