CC Capsule: 1958-1960 Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire

Don't even look at me, I'm too upper class.

Don’t even look at me; I’m too upper class.

 

I know what you’re thinking: not again, not ANOTHER Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire.  Bear with me.  I like the two tone green and can’t help myself.

It's faster than jet fighters!

It’s faster than jet fighters!
(Photo courtesy of www.car-brochures.eu/)

 

I will be the first to say that I don’t know much about this car other than that it’s flippin’ sweet.  My parents were nice enough to take my me and my wife on a tour of Southern England in 2009, and all I did was ogle cars (but no Ogles, strangely).  I snapped a few shots of this Star Sapphire in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and judging by the couple looking it over, they’re not that common in the UK, either.

Jeez, hun, didn't we just see another one of these last week?

Jeez, hun, didn’t we just see another one of these last week?

 

My literature tells me that Armstrong Siddeley only produced Star Sapphires from 1958 to 1960, before ceasing automotive production entirely.  This above photo seems to show an emblem saying “Star” on the decklid, which is the only reason I’m guessing this is a Star Sapphire rather than an earlier Sapphire.  Apparently, there were a few of these tanks entered in the Monte Carlo Rally earlier in the 1950s.  If I were spending days crossing the frigid Alps, I’d rather drive one of these than a Volkswagen, too.  I guess you can’t let a lack of sporting pretense get in the way of a flashy entrance into Monte Carlo.

Here I am!  Did you guess correctly?

Here I am! Did you guess correctly?

 

So…did you figure this was a Star Sapphire?  They do grow on trees, you know.

Update (by PN): Here’s some pictures of the interiors of a couple of these, which help explain their high price ($6950 in the US).

Armstrong Siddelly Star Sapphire int front

The front, carved out of one solid walnut trunk (I kid).

Armstrong Siddelly Star Sapphire int rear

The solid wood fold down trays are not visible in this shot.  Truth is, there’s very little difference in the interior quality and materials from that of a Bentley or Rolls Royce, which cost three times as much.