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Armstrong Siddeley Long 20 Hearse

Armstrong Siddeley Long 20 Hearse in A Canterbury Tale, Movie, 1944 IMDB

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: UK

Armstrong Siddeley Long 20 Hearse

Position 01:55:46 [*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


chicomarx BE

2018-11-05 19:21

[Image: cap-acanterburytale1944-00087b.jpg]

dsl SX

2018-11-05 20:13

Armstrong Siddeley Long Something??

dsl SX

2018-11-06 03:42

Found this picture online
[Image: armstrongsiddeleyhearsegrose.jpg]

for an Armstrong-Siddeley Hearse by Grose - no further info. Not the same, but similar?? Maybe ours is a bit older from windscreen shape??

johnfromstaffs EN

2018-11-07 17:02

I have looked at the books, and offer the following speculative thoughts:-

Since the vehicle is coachbuilt, the size of the windscreen does not affect the date of the chassis.
The subject vehicle has a vee-radiator with a black inset, suggesting 1920s to early thirties models in the more expensive range.
The smaller cars, 12; 14 and 15hp had flat radiators. The 15/6 got a vee-radiator for 1931, but with a lighter coloured insert.
This reduces the speculation to the 30, which was huge at 135in wheelbase, the 18 and the 20, both of which were available as short or long chassis types.
It appears that the 20 was the best seller with a total of nearly 8000 sold as opposed to 2500 18s, although the later 20 looked more modern than the subject vehicle.
Since we appear to have hearse coachwork, the long chassis is probably rightly chosen.

Therefore a Long 20 is suggested.

The 12 Plus, 14, 16, 17 and 20/25 are 1935 onwards and look different, and a hearse body on a Siddeley Special would be too comic for words; you would, however, with its 90mph performance, get to the crematorium before most of the mourners.

-- Last edit: 2018-11-07 17:11:31

dsl SX

2018-11-07 18:17

Found a book reference and some comments online about Grose - Northampton-based, active early 1920s to 1936 or thereabouts, Did lots of stuff on wide range of makes, including some sporty body options for eg Vauxhall. But nothing about hearses or Armstrong-Siddeley.

The windscreen shape comment was an impression that ours looks like a simple standard-format rectangle, as if borrowed from a garden shed or similar off-the-shelf source, compared to the specific v-outline on the linked hearse which suggests more of an individually made and possibly newer item.

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