Daimler 1955. Ref. 1
Damler. Ref. 1

Autoseum carmuseum English cars
Text and pictures  Björn Bellander  Pictures current 2015, 16, 17. This part 14 pages.
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Björn Bellander


See also my other websites about Autoseum with
Introduction, American cars, English cars, German cars, French cars
Veteran cars Other cars. MC,
Sport Race cars

Vauxhall, Austin taxi, Alvis, Riley, Humber, Daimler LT, Jaguar MkV, Jaguar C, Metropolitan, Armstron Siddeley, Daimler Conquest,  Triumph Renown, Sunbeam-Talbot, Piper, Singer, Links

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Info Vauxhall. Ref. 1
Info Vauxhall. Ref. 1Picture from collection series.  Ref. 1
Picture from collection series. Ref. 1






Vauxhall. Autoseum museum. Ref. 1
Vauxhall. Autoseum museum. Ref. 1
(Text modernized after car collection series)

Vauxhall. It is the English badge produced by GM. This is what all car interested boys say. A Vauxhall is well recognized by the erosion on the hood edges.

Then they don't know so much more. Vauxhall has not played on their advertising drum for this car badge. Vauxhall was baptized already 1903. This is the official birth year. It was during the first 5 to 10 years 1900 as most English car marks were created.

Vauxhall was for many years a very expensive car and their main buyers came from the upper class. All cars except the American large series cars in England were all hand made. Wallis Simpson married to Prince of Wales had in the end of 1920 three own Vauxhalls in her garage. At this time the the radiator mark, just as on Rolls Royce was made in pure silver, but Vauxhall had an eagle.

GM went on slowly

!926 GM bought the badge and factory in Luton. In the same year even Opel factory was bought. The same year the rolling assembly line was incorporated instead of hand made. About 30 cars were imported to Sweden 1928.

Just as Ford did in Dagenham when producing Anglia, they didn't want to Americanize. The same was done with Vauxhall. The English character was kept.

During 8 years no remarkable design was notices for Vauxhall. Life went on as usual in spite of all American engineers who worked at the factory. In the beginning there were most interest for lorries which were produced with the badge Bedford.

But. 1934 the sensation showed up. A new small Vauxhall..

Maintaining the hallmarks

In the model name of Vauxhall was the English power sign incorporated in this case 25. This was a figure which hade to be multiplied by 3 to get brake horsepower.

The models 10 and 12 were presented with a 4 cylinders engine and the one with a 6 cylinders engine.

The radiator mark from the old Vauxhall was still left, but not made of silver. Further more the erosions on engine hood were kept. The engine was a modern overhead valve and this Vauxhall always has kept. GM had also overhead valves on most of their engines as on Buick and Chevrolet. This engine has the sign for soft running, good acceleration and of course low fuel consumption.

1946 model year

After war models were rather like those sold just before war. The old time attitudes are gladly to be shown or may be it is a way to save money.

In England GM worked with another politics than in Germany. Opel got rather quick an Americanized body design.

Behind the classic appearance one can find several special constructions. All models hade individual front spring system by progressive type. This was combined with torsion and spiral springs. The car was built with self supporting body to which the spring system was connected. The old time frame by which all cars used before had now been removed.

The engine in the three models had the following volumes 1,2, 1,44, 1,78 liters and power output were 31,5, 35, 47,5 hk.

All cars hade a body which was called panzer body and equipped with      draughtless Fisher ventilation, security glass for all windows and Lockhead hydraulic brakes.

Although Vauxhall no more was a car for a prince or a millionaire the car has still several specials of the visible hallmarks.

The car in picture was auctioned for 370000 October 2015.


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Austin London taxi

Front end in Austin London taxi. Ref. 1
Info for Austin London taxi. Ref. 1 Framvagn Austin London taxi. Ref. 1
Front end in Austin London taxi. Ref. 1 Austin London taxi. Ref. 1
Front end in Austin London taxi. Ref. 1



Austin Londontaxi. Ref. 1
Austin Londontaxi. Ref. 1
The history about Austin is jus like to tell the story about Herbert Austin and end up with Austin seven and Mini.

Herbert Austin started his business as a mechanics at Wolseley works. Here he had the feeling that he could build a better car 1896. He had bought a 3 wheeler from Paris a Léon Bollés. This car had an engine which run on gas. Yhis car was  reconstructed. At this time Herbert was one of the owners in Wolseley. The first rebuild became not a good product. The second updated car came later with 4 wheels and 3.5 ps. It made a good job in the 1000 miles trial test which was run in England. This car was manufactured from 1897 and 6 years ahead with the support of Vickers. Already 1914 they had sold 3000 copies. During WWI the car production was ceased. Herbert Austin was a good businessman and also a clever organizer. Up to WWI he cooperated with J.P. Siddely and the cars were named Wolseley Siddely.

The obstinacy of Herbert Austin to use a horizontal 2 cyl engine made that he came in conflict with his board and because of this he resigned and opened e new firm which got the natural name Austin Motors.

The car type that has been widely spread and copied is Austin Seven. Herbert Austin was a self taught car enthusiast in the beginning of early 1900. In this time a quick person could learn by private work and studies to work with car constructions. In this way one could learn to create successful cars.
Herbert Austin worked with tools at Wolseley. He thought he had better ideas for a car. 1905 he started his own making of a car called Austin. Those car types he made in the beginning was ordinary family cars. They were called Austin Twelve and twenty. He had also cooperation with Hotchkiss to whom he sold engines. He didn't made profit enough and realized that a small car was the right one for England.
A car was taxed after it's engine power. The motor fuel was also expensive. During the WWI he earned much money. 

He used it 1922 to developed a car which would suite English people. It became an Austin Seven. This car had an engine with 850 cc and 13 ps, two seats and an extra seat in the rear. Engine as a 4 cylinders and only 2 main bearings in the beginning. Whole England bought this car model. I am sure they mostly used it to go for pub rounds. Herbert Austin established this car in the whole of Europe.
Those car producers that bought licenses  in order to make copies was BMW-Dixi, Rosengart, Danish Nimbus, Japanese Datsun, and even the American Bantam. From Bantam it became later Jaguar Swallow. Totally 375000 Seven were built.
Now Herbert looked with interest  on the export market  in America. Here he started the firm American Austin in Butler Pennsylvania. 
Back home in England the small Seven sold so good that many small special car builder started with an Austin and many of them became small car producers. As Lotus with mainly the Lotus Seven and other sport cars.

Austin Seven became later the main idea for the small Mini.

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Alvis engine. Ref. 1
Alvis engine. Ref. 1Rear passenger part. Ref. 1
Rear passenger part. Ref. 1Alvis drivers place. Ref. 1
Alvis drivers place. Ref. 1



Alvis owner club






Alvis. Ref. 1
Alvis. Ref. 1

The Silver Eagle, is the name of this car and it's name sounds very romantic among all Alvis enthusiasts and all different year models. The badge is just as Morgan and Allard and others not so many sold in Sweden. This car got a solid name in the struggle with Grand Prix cars as Bugatti and other well known competition car around 1930 at Brooklands, Donington and also on Irish race tracks.

Alvis disappeared in Coventry

During 1930 Alvis had a good name among the English sport car buyers. There were not so many different models and they were nagging good. The small nice Alvis factory at Holyhead Road in Coventry could sell all what they produced.

Now the WWII  started and Hitler thought that he could destroy the industrial cities of England. He started with Coventry and the factory which was first completely destroyed was Alvis. Alvis was bomb to Coventry powder. This was a statement by the Führer. In spite of this Alvis could strat car production 12 months after peace was declared according to The Autocar. It was a Fourteen four door Coupé.

Of course Alvis could not present a new construction. No one else could and even the American cars had pre war constructions för their model. The car differed from the pre war car mainly by the measures as lengths, broadness and cylinder volume and others.

Easy gearing, fast and strong...

Descriptions of new cars must alwas be taken with caution, because other people have tested the car. They are often working for the car company. Test it yourself and then make your own opinion. Advertising always says that a car is fast, strong, easy geared and charmfull. But even if you only believe 50% the Fourteen is a pleasant experience.

Measures in meter

As all English cars Alvis has it's measures in foot and thumbs. In order to recount them it will take som time. Here you have all mesures in meter. The car cost 1100 punds including taxes.

Engine has 4 cylinders and gives a power of 65 hk at 4000 rpm. Cylinder volume is 1892 cc. Wheelbase 2,742 m, gauge 1,372 m. Over all length 4,419 m and broadness 1,676 m. Free ground height 0,1841 m and turning radii 12,39 m. Weight 1473 kg and fuel capacity 52 liters. This include an electrical controlled spare tank.

A simple vacuum carburettor, Lucas 12 volt electrical system, Girling mechanical brakes, Marles steering, Dunlop wheels and tires, individual front spring system and Armstrong hydraulic double acting dampers all around.


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Riley engine. Ref. 1
Riley engine. Ref. 1Riley RMA 1 ½ liter Saloon 1947. Arvika museum. Ref 1
Riley RMA 1 ½ liter Saloon 1947. Arvika museum. Ref 1Riley Nine Lynx. Arvika museum. Ref 1
Riley Nine Lynx. Arvika museum. Ref 1



Riley Nine

Riley RM






Riley. Ref. 1
Riley. Ref. 1
Riley RMA
Text free modernized after collection series for cars.

The Swedish car buyers knew before WWII only from the racing tracks about Riley. In Sweden there were only a few of these elegant half racing cars. The name is often connected with the delight of speed.

Riley. Ref 1
Riley. Ref 1
The Riley car had during the years more or less been produced by hand. In advertising the talk was about  "individuality and craftsmanship". The car has also always been an exclusive elegant creation for interested in motorsport. The Swedish prize 14300 Skr for a 1,5 litres car, tell you that this is a quality built car. The factory should today 2014 been 106 years if  still active.

The best acknowledgement you can give the Riley engine is that the engine made for the English racing car ERA has taken the basic constructions for it's engine from Riley.

When English Racing Association was formed 1935 and the firms interested in this project got together in order to cooperative build a racing car good enough to compete with the German and French expensive racing cars. For the first cars they used trimmed Riley engines. Even the later ERA models had the extraordinarily liter effect of 173 ps pro 1 liter cylinder volume. This gave the car a top speed of 274 km/h. All this was based on the Riley factory experiences. The differences are that the ERA engine is built of much more expensive materials and also equipped with a two stages Rootes compressor. It was Riley that built the engine.

The time for craftsmanship to build a car in England was no more economic. Riley had been taken over by Morris Motor, and the Morris chief , Viscount Nuffield was vd in the border. The car can be said to be the top mark in series MG-Wolseley-Morris.

The Riley engine is an interesting example how to go around the tax rules. The cylinder diameter, or after which English tax horses are counted came from the formula cylinder diameter 49 mm, but cylinder stroke is 100 mm, compression is 6,5, top rpm 4500 and cylinder volume 1,5 liter. This formula gives 12 English tax horses which is the tax figure. But if you test this engine in an engine brake bench gives the real effect of 56 ps.

Riley rear end. Ref 1
Riley rear end. Ref 1

Other English cars may be conservative. Riley was top modern and offered details that gave an engine fantast to lick his mouth by joy. Valve mechanism was as effective as the same in a racing car. The cylinder top is equipped with straight inlet and outlet ports allow the gas to pass without any resistance. The valve are mounted angled so that the ignition plugs will be situated in center of the spherical combustion chamber.

It may be of interest to mention that the pistonrun in 13 m/sec. This is much higher figure than any American car can show and comparable with ERA where the speed is 10,5. A pure racing engine.

To be a car with 1,5 liter volume Riley is quite a long car and it is low to be English.

The total length is 455 cm, broadness 161 cm and height 150 cm. Axle distance is 286 cm. Speed according to catalogue 120 - 128 km/h. A figure which must be a nice construction is the turning diameter 9 m. Normally for English small cars, which are considerable shorter than Riley is 11 m. 

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Humber Bernadotte

Humber Bernadotte. 1947. Ref. 1
Humber Bernadotte. 1947. Ref. 1Montgomery Victory Car. Humber Super Snipe 6 cyl. på museet i Coventry.  Ref 49
Montgomery Victory Car. Humber Super Snipe 6 cyl. på museet i Coventry. Ref 49Humber 1903 på Arvika museum. Ref 1
Humber 1903 på Arvika museum. Ref 1Humber Hawk 1944. Arvika museum. Ref 49.
Humber Hawk 1944.  Ref 49.



Humber 2

Humber pictures

Humber story

Rydaholm museum

Humber Bernadotte. Ref. 1
Humber Bernadotte. Ref. 1

"The fully open Humber car is rolling slowly down and over on the new floating bridge over Seine. The German troops in WWII are on the way to be defeated. The Normandy campaign is going on".

The man standing in the front seat of the car, 1944, is the newly appointed Field marshal Bernard Montgomery.

"Old faithful" on a newly built floating bridge. Ref 49
"Old faithful" on a newly built floating bridge. Ref 49
 He is looking over the river. Note that the car is right hand drive. In the same time the production of war material in the Coventry factory of Humber is continuing. Different kind of military cars were leaving the factory ports continuously.

But everything started much earlier.  This is the iron district of England where Thomas Humber 1868 began to build cycles in Sheffield.

Thomas Humber was born 1841. He was educated by his parents to blacksmith. This was natural in this district of Sheffield. He visited Paris where he bought a bicycle, a so called high wheeler, equipped with pedals in the center of front of the high wheel. He developed it to the first so called "Safety cycle". The demand for this cycle was very large and he earned a lot of money. He became by time one of the large cycle producers in England.

With this money he produced a small engine giving 3 hp and it was mounted in a cycle frame. This made him to the first motorcycle producer in England.

During the end of 1800, 3 new factories were built in Nottingham, Breston and Wolverhampton. The main factory was settled in Coventry 1889 and in the same year Humber started to build cars. The first model was shown on the marked 1901. They were very successful cars and got the name Humberette and was sold till 1903. It was equipped with a DeDion engine. DeDion was the largest engine deliverer during the first tenth years of the 1900.

Humber cars were developed towards bigger and more luxurious cars. The company expanded by overtaking of lorry factory Commer and private car producer Hillman.

The first car "Tricycle". Copied from DeDion Bouton 3 wheeler. Ref 49
 The first car "Tricycle". Copied from DeDion Bouton 3 wheeler. Ref 49
The first car was officially on the marked 1896. Anyway it was a 3 wheeler prototype. It was produced in the new factory at Coventry. The cars from Humber were now the third most popular 1910 after Ford and Wolseley.
Humber monoplane. Ref 49
Humber monoplane. Ref 49
For WWI Humber started to produce air engines. It was the rotation type. In the same time Humber got an order for 10 copies of the Bleriot air plane. The model that was the first one to fly over the channel.

After the WWI Humber started to be seen on motor races. Here the mark had great success and got a reputation for high quality for their production.  The company got now interest from two brothers, Reginald & William Rootes and 1932 they bought Humber company.

Humber became now a well known mark as they had models which pleased the Royal Family. Their first car was delivered from Humber 1935.

When WWII started, all civil production ceased and only military vehicles were produced. The factory also put together airplanes which were partly produced in other places. Now they also developed the English Jeep, which was named "Land Rover". They also build lots of military transport cars and different types of so called "Staff Cars". It can bee seen that Humber used influences for Rover.

After the war the Royal Family, military and civil service, continued to buy cars from Humber. All foreign embassies used the different models from Humber. But after the Suez crisis Humber had no more power to bring their models in line for the demand of the time. Chrysler Cooperation took over 1967 and decided what to produce. New American models were now on the production lines. 

The name Humber disappeared in the mist of England.

The Lord Montagu Humber 8 Hp 1909 car at Beaeulieu museum. Ref 1
The Lord Montagu Humber 8 Hp 1909 car at Beaeulieu museum. Ref 1
I saw this Humber when visiting Beaulieu museum 2003, situated on the south coast of England.

This Humber was difficult to photo because it was placed in a pre room before the main museum. It was very dark there. I have tried to better the contrast, but instead the photo became a little grainy.

Lord Montagu bought this car 1959 as a wedding present for his wife. Note that the passenger place has no windshield against road dust or bad weather. The monocle like shield was only for the driver. The lamp got their light from gas, while side lamps were glowing with the help of kerosene or oil. This car became well known in the film Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang 1967.
2 cyl, 1525 cc.

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Daimler LT 6/30 1921

Daimler LT 6/30 1921. Ref. 1
Daimler LT 6/30 1921. Ref. 1Varite singer Karl Gerhard's Daimler. Motala museum. Ref. 1
Varite singer Karl Gerhard's Daimler. Motala museum. Ref. 1Daimler 1908. Svedino museum. Ref. 1
Daimler 1908. Svedino museum. Ref. 1


Daimler V12


Daimler. Ref. 1
Daimler. Ref. 1

Daimler was from the beginning a German mark. It was introduced to England when Fredrick Simms met Gottlieb Daimler in Germany 1890.

They made an agreement that Simms should import one Daimler Engine. The car that was built in England got a well known sign in the upper end of it's cooler, during all years.

Total part of the roof for this car could be taken away or only the quarter rear part. This was done with the help of a lifting device.

The licenses were sold to Rover. The car had rear drive by chains and these had to be dismantled every other day to be cocked in a mixture of tallow and graphite.

This was a dirty job and very long-winded. From 1905 to 1953. Daimler was the mark for the English Royal Family.

The Swedish Royal Family has in their garage 1 Daimler car and one old Bentley. One of them has a double rear seat made to get room for the Queen's party gown.

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Jaguar Mark V 1950

Info Jaaguar Mark V 1950. Ref. 1
Info Jaaguar Mark V 1950. Ref. 1Story Jaguar XJ12 1975. Ref. 1
Story Jaguar XJ12 1975. Ref. 1Jaguar Mk II. Picture from collection series. Ref. 1
Jaguar Mk II. Picture from collection series. Ref. 1Jaguar MkII. Ref. 1
Jaguar MkII. Ref. 1



Jaguar Mk V

Jaguar Mark V 1950. Ref. 1
Jaguar Mark V 1950. Ref. 1

Jaguar 3.5 liters Saloon 1949-50
Jaguar badge was baptized 1922 with the name Swallow Sidecar and the name SS Cars 1934.

The word Jaguar was used first time 1935. 1945 the whole company was named Jaguar. 1969 Daimler was bought from BSA and was then transferred to BMC. This resulted in British motor holding. BMH 1966.

1968 BMH was merged together with Leyland and BLMC and lastly during economical difficulties everything became BL, British Leyland 1975.

Now one could imagine that the organization could stand against the economical pressure but already 1984 it was time during Tatchers's privatization period, Jaguar was bought by Ford 1999 together with some other marks.

2007 some marks were for sale again from Ford as Aston Martin and 2010 Volvo.

The car on picture Jaguar MkV did not reach auction prize at October 2015 and went back to owner.

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Jaguar C-Type

Info Jaguar C-Type 1953. Ref. 1
Info Jaguar C-Type 1953. Ref. 1
C-Jaguar. Ref. 1
C-Jaguar. Ref. 1C-Jaguar. Ref. 1
C-Jaguar. Ref. 1


C-type Jaguar

Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK story




Jaguar C-Type Replica 1953. Ref. 1
Jaguar C-Type Replica 1953. Ref. 1
Jaguar C-Type Replica front seat 1953. Ref. 1
Jaguar C-Type Replica front seat 1953. Ref. 1
The car on picture Jaguar C-Type did not reach auction price and went back to owner at auction October 2015.

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Nash Metropolitan 1957

Nash Metropolitan 1957. Ref. 1
Nash Metropolitan 1957. Ref. 1


Austin Metropolitan

Nash Metropolitan


Nash-Healey pictures





Nash Metropolitan. Ref. 1
Nash Metropolitan. Ref. 1
About Austin Metropolitan

In the beginning of 50th Nash was in contact with the English sportcar producer Donald Healey when he travelled by boat over to Europe.

Donald Healey had been in USA to buy Cadillac engines for his sport cars, but GM had refused to sell.

Now a cooperation was established with Nash to use their 6 cylinder engine, front and rear axles.

This 6 cylinder engine became for sure later the main construction for the Austin Healey 6 cylinder model in the middle of 1960.

The Nash Healey became after 2 years work a nice car with the help of Pinin Farina. But out of the price it could not compete with Corvette and Thunderbird.

The problem was a very long winded production logistic. The engine, front and rear axles were sent to England and then to Italy, where the chariot was mounted. The car was then transported to USA. It became naturally expensive.

Nash also constructed the small Metropolitan car 1954. It was built with component from Austin. The pressure in USA to offer a small cheap car was great.

The talking was about Compact cars. This car could only take two persons and was also made simpler in the way that right and left doors were alike except the places of the hinges.

The engine was the small A-engine from Austin/Morris, 57 ps. This production was not so large and was made in England. The economy for this was not a burden for Nash in USA. This production ceased 1962.

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Armstrong Siddelye Hurricane 1956

Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane 16 1946. Ref. 1
Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane 16 1946. Ref. 1 Copy from car collection series. Ref. 1
Copy from car collection series. Ref. 1Armstrong Siddeley engine 1947. Ref. 1
Armstrong Siddeley engine 1947. Ref. 1Armstrong Siddeley front end. Ref. 1
Armstrong Siddeley front end. Ref. 1


Armstrong Siddeley

Armstrong Siddeley car

Owners Club


Armstrong Siddeley 16 1946. Ref. 1
Armstrong Siddeley 16 1946. Ref. 1
Armstrong Siddeley
(Text modernized after car collection series)

This is a car name which sounds like heaven in the ears of all airplane interested persons. When Germany atarted "the Blitz" against London 1940. At that time there were fighter planes like Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane which with the more well known Spitfire was the protection England had. Armstrong Siddeley is the sub company to Hawker Siddeley group.

Working about cars the company has proud ancestry. Already 1899                 J Davenport started to sell cars. 1900 he was a part in a race competition driving a Daimler car and in autumn 1903 he had his own car car sale company.

The development of Siddeley's business transactions is typical for the uppgrade in English industry. The system with different small businesses which merge and lastly are overtaken by tha large factories.

Siddeley Autocar Co. merged 1905 with  Wolseley and had later dealings with Austin. When airplanes started to  develop, Siddeley specialized to build high performance air plane engines, specially for fighters.

Through the knowledge in airplane engines Siddeley started to cooperate with Haker and when the English airplane industry grew into a large industry before WWII the name to remember was Hawker Siddeley Group.

Such a large industry had connections both with steelworks and other companies. One can say that behind the present Armstrong Siddeley lies the Armstron Canon Company.

Behind this group is except Armstrong Siddeley and Hawker, A.W. Hawksley and Air service Training. During  WWII this concern built 40000 airplanes, 30000 airplane engines, 7000 gearboxes and 12000 torpedo boat engines. Furthermore they had a repairing division which took care of 11000 airplanes and 10000 engines.

The Cars

On the production line for cars there were 3 models, Hurricane, Typhon and Lancaster. All three names after well known airplanes from WWII. In this case names for car models.

All three had the same engine, a 6 cylinders overhead valve unit with 65 mm/diam cylinder and 100 mm stroke. Volume was just under 2 liters and power 70 hk at 4400 rpm.

The valves were operated with pushrods and hydraulic self adjusting valve lifters. They were controlled by oil pressure from the main oil pump. It was free for customer to chose pre selected gearbox or the common four synchronized  gear box.

Typical English car design

About Armstrong Siddeley design has succeeded to show something new. The car has it's own character and differ from other cars. It seems to be solid elegant.

Standing beside one specially takes in consideration the frame with it's broadnes. The engineers have moved the frame steel beams as far out as possibly. At the same time the frame is lowered down and the half elliptical springs fastenings are placed below the rear axle. The Hurricane model has a wheelbase of 2760 mm.

Astonishing road conditions

For promotional purposes two cars were driven over the American continent from New York to Los Angeles. Report from this driving were that people gathered wherever the car stopped. This was something new, they don't have seen before. At that time the car was supposed to be a sport car and this was special.

One can understand that the spectators looked with great interest. The separate front wheel design with torision rods, the elegant rear end the nice pre selector gearbox and the inbuilt jackets and also the tool box placed under instrument dash. It was just as elegant as diplomat portfolio.

Optional for this time the car also was equipped with air condition. An electric fan delivered warm or cold air as needed. Warm ir could remove mist from the front windshield in winter time. Double electrical windscreen cleaners as standard. This show better than anything else that the car is carefully equipped. Armstrong Siddeley is a sporty fashined luxury car.

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Daimler Conquest Century 1955

Daimler Conquest Century 1955. Ref. 1
Daimler Conquest Century 1955. Ref. 1Daimler front seat 1955. Ref. 1
Daimler front seat 1955. Ref. 1Daimler chassi. Ref. 1
Daimler chassie. Ref. 1




Daimler Conquest Century 1955. Ref. 1
Daimler Conquest Century 1955. Ref. 1

Daimler was from the beginning a German mark. It was introduced to England when Fredrick Simms met Gottlieb Daimler in Germany 1890.

They made an agreement that Simms should import one Daimler Engine. The car that was built in England got a well known sign in the upper end of it's cooler, during all years.

Total part of the roof for car shown can be taken away or only the quarter rear part. This was done with the help of a lifting device.

The licenses were sold to Rover. The early cars had rear drive by chains and these had to be dismantled every other day to be cocked in a mixture of tallow and graphite.

This was a dirty job and very long-winded. From 1905 to 1953. Daimler was the mark for the English Royal Family.

The Swedish Royal Family has in their garage 2 Daimler cars. One of them has a double rear seat made to get room for the Queen's party gown.


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Triumph Renown

Triumph Renown. Ref. 1
Info Triumph Renown. Ref. 1.
Triumph Renown på Torsby fordons museum. Ref. 1

Triumph Renown at Torsby vehicle museum.


Triumph Cycle

Triumph Renown

Standard Motor Co

Triumph Motor Co

Triumph Super 7

Lea Francis

Triumph Renown. Ref. 1
Triumph Renown. Ref. 1
Triumph heritage is from the beginning a German firm founded by Sigfried Bettman, who immigrated to England from the German Empire.

Here he opened an import export firm 1883. This was, 1885, named Triumph Cycle Company. The factory was placed in the industry town of Coventry.

1902 Triumph produced their first motorcycle which had a Belgian engine. Triumph has a very jerky history and went bankruptcy during the middle war period. Bettman disappeared from the board 1933 and Jacob Sangster bought the company 1936. The mark Trumpf-Adler office typewriter was a cooperation between Triumph and Adler.

Up to WWI Triumph produced even motorcycles for export to Germany. They were sold during different names till then the company TWN was formed. 1918 Triumph was the largest producer of motorcycles in England.

The board decided 1919 to start production of cars. Bettman was forced to buy the car company Dawson Cars. In this company the production of  a 1.4 litres Triumph 10/20. This car was constructed by LeaFrancis. Triumph had to pay royalty for every car that was sold. Later during 1920 Triumph constructed a car of their own, named Triumph Super 7. It was sold in many copies till 1934.

Now the company name changed to Triumph Motor Co. Though the company was to small to be a concurrent for the larger serial producing companies. For this reason they decides to start with more luxurious cars. Till now Triumph had bought engines, which were delivered by Coventry Climax. Triumph now started to produce their own engine constructed by Donald Healey. He worked at Triumph as experimental manager.

Bettman was forced out of the board 1933 and Jack Sangster bought Triumph 1936.

The selling was reduced considerably 1939 and the company was announced for buying. it was decided to sell cycle and motorcycle productions. WWII came as cold douche and even the car production was stopped. Furthermore all production locals were destroyed by the German bombing.

The company Triumph which after the war only existed through it's name was now bought 1944 by Standard Motor Co and became a sub deliverer 1945. The meaning was that a new car should be a rival to Jaguar SS1, the coming past war Jaguar car.

Standard Motor Car was formed already 1903 by R.W. Maudslay and constructed a new 6 cylinder engine. For this they got some special orders.

Year 1905 the Motor Show at Crystal Palace a reseller offered himself to buy their total future production. It was Charles Friswell. This changed with Friswell as co owner the presumptions. Already 1912 Friswell sold his part of ownership in Standard to Sigfrid Bettman. The first commercial car was now realized and sold for £195 and 1600 were sold before WWI. The company was then sold on that time stock exchange 1914.

During WWI several different airplane types, like Sopwith Pup were constructed.

The past war production was done in a new modern factory, but profit decreased drastically. The new trend after war was small cheap cars for public and not big luxurious cars. A standard chassis was produced and sold to other car factories like Jaguar, HiIlman, Avon, and Jensen.

Reginald Mousley retired 1932 from his company which he had created 1902.

Several different of car types were now offered with names like Flying Standard Nine and ten. The design was like all English cars from this time with sloping rear end of the car body. The model types then increased with Flying Standard Twelwe, Fourteen and Sixteen. Short before WWII the year production had reached 50000 cars.

During WWII they produced military vehicles and also the well know fighter Mosquito, which was mainly built up by wooden material. Even aircraft engines like Mercury Bristol and Beufighters.

Triumph Motor Co was sold 1944. The main reason was to produce a past war car. It was for the purpose to sell one standard simple car and one sporty. The sporty one got the name Triumph 1800 Roadster. It became so popular that the trademark Triumph became more known than Standard.

The new car with modern design, so called  Razor Edge, got the name Triumph Renown. One similar car was sold as Triumph Mayflower.

Just after the war aluminum plates were cheaper than steel and the cars first were produced in wooden body and then covered with aluminum plates. The costs were quickly changes and the cars became expensive. The production of Renown was ceased 1954 after 15491 copies. The design was yet stile leading.

Now we have reached the end of this article, which wanted to show how the car Triumph Renown came about.

If you want to know more read my links.

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Sunbeam-Talbot Sports tourer 2 liters 1950
Sunbeam Alpine 1961


Info Talbot Lago Baby. Ref.1
Info Talbot Lago Baby. Ref.1Sunbeam-Talbot 2 liters Tourer. Ref 56
Sunbeam-Talbot 2 liters Tourer. Ref 56Sunbeam-Talbot Tourer 2 liter. Ref 49
Sunbeam-Talbot Tourer 2 liter. Ref 49Singer Roadster Series 4A Roadster 1950. Ref.1
Singer Roadster Series 4A Roadster 1950. Ref.1Sunbeam Talbot 1948. Ref. 1
Sunbeam Talbot 1948. Ref. 1
Info Singer Roadster. Ref. 1
Info Singer Roadster. Ref. 1Info Sunbeam Alpine 1961. Ref. 1
Info Sunbeam Alpine 1961. Ref. 1

Talbot Lago Sports Tourer 1950. Ref. 1
Talbot Lago Sports Tourer 1950. Ref. 1
Talbot Lago Baby
See also Talbot

This Talbot Lago Baby must be a "one of a kind Talbot. It is not possible to find anything on line. Despite trials to search on engine 2.7 liters and 120 ps I only find bigger cars.

This model is very much like Riley Lynx which can be seen at Arvika museum. Suitable MG model has also lines of this Talbot car, just like Singer Roadster.

Singer Roadster. Ref. 1
 Talbot Lago tourer 1950. Ref. 1
Info Sunbeam Alpine 1961. Ref. 1
Info Sunbeam Alpine 1961. Ref. 1
But then I find the search word Sunbeam-Talbot and then I found 2 pictures as I show. But they only showed a 2 liters engine and not just the same body design. The door is anyway the same.The information at Autoseum is hard to find.Sunbeam-Talbot Sports Tourer 2 litres
Singer Roadster
Singer Roadster. Ref. 1
Singer Roadster. Ref. 1
Sunbeam Talbot. Ref. 1
Sunbeam Talbot. Ref. 1
Sunbeam Alpine 1961. Ref. 1
Sunbeam Alpine 1961. Ref. 1

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Piper GT

Piper GT. Ref. 1
Piper GT. Ref. 1


Piper GT. Ref. 1
Piper GT. Ref. 1



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Singer Roadster 1952

Singer roadster. Ref. 1
Singer roadster. Ref. 1


Singer. Ref. 1
Singer. Ref. 1



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Other Cars MC museums in this website

Adalen car museum
Arnolds_cars & odds ends
Arvika car mc museum
Assa car museum
AUDI Ingolstadt

Barnfind Halsingland
Barnfind Katrineholm
Brosarp Museistation
Bjorkenas mopedmuseum
Brooklands England
Bugatti 2000
Bugatti 2018
Beaulieu England
Bynanders Car MC
Car sport museum Karlskrona
Chaparral carmuseum
Duxford England
Dalén musem
Eds Motorcycle museum
Enoch Thulin Landskrona
Falkoping MC Museum
Foundries and mines
Garage round in Halsingland
Grangesberg Nostalgi
Grafors Collection
Grangesberg Locos
Hannover air museum
Hassleholm mil. vehicles
Holmgren VW collection
Haynes England
Hjorted Mopedmuseum
Harnosand carmuseum
Huskvarna museum
Ivar Car museum Hoting
Koping car museum
Krylbo-Norbergs rail
My Vehicles
Malmkoping mil. vehicle museum
Malmo Technical museum
Mercedes Benz 2000
Mercedes Benz 2018
MC-Collection Sweden
MC museum Hedemora
Motala museum
Munktell museum
Museum joerney 2018
My ArtGlas collection
NSU 2018
Otto Walz 2018
Outbordmuseum Varb.
Swedish pansarmuseum
Peugeot 2018
Porsche 2000
Porsche 2018
Rydaholms Car Museum
Robot Museum Sweden
Regnsjo, SAF cars
Panzeranzer museum
ScaniaVabis museum
Sinsheim museum 2000
Sinsheim museum 2018
Skokloster car museum
SSK Boxcar
Storvik Odds and Ends
Svedino car & airplane
Soderhamn Air Force
Sparreholm museum
Sagen Technical museum
Surahammar MC
Swedish Air force museum
Swedish submarines
Torsong MC museum
Torsby Car MC museum
Technical museum Helsinb
Technical museum Stockholm
Ullared carmuseum
Volvo Industrial museum

Other sites
Military service
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Trainmuseum Sweden
Vasteras Airmuseum
Hagfors Industrimuseum
Karlskrona Marina

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