On the road again…

Finally – the first excursion after the looong winter break! Point taken, it was only a few miles along the Sauer and Mosel rivers into the Little Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. But anyway: Primrose, our 1936 Armstrong Siddeley 20/25 Touring Saloon is back on the road… as I was completely busy driving, I only managed to take a rather un-inspired picture as record of the occasion. More to come in due course!

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Leather party…

No worries, this post is absolutely safe for work… just wanted to give it an attractive title…in other words, the Primrosean seats are back! Freshly arrived from an expert for leather restoration, who carefully filled cracks and holes while keeping the repairs visible. Some damages got fixed and the rear bench was newly padded following a mouse attack many moons ago. But rather than blabbering I let the photos speak for themselves…  Continue reading

Winter Projects…

The Primrosean winter projects remain on schedule…It took the expert many hours (and countless kilos of dry ice pellets…) to remove the  waxoil and gunk of the past decades under the 20/25, finally revealing the naked truth. In the meantime, the Saloon body was stripped of seats and door cards as well. A few parcels from the UK arrived so that this is now the perfect time for some  work on the Siddeley… Continue reading

Happy New Year – or Primrose in the snow…

Happy New Year! Today our little Primrose, aka Armstrong Siddeley 20/25 Touring Saloon, was moved from one building to the other within her wintering grounds. Reason for the adjourned Hibernation is the planned careful restoration of the interior, which will be tackled during the coming weeks by an expert. Of course it started snowing at the moment the Lady left her Garage! A welcome and rare photo opportunity, even though I only had a mobile phone available… Continue reading

Trains, planes and automobiles…

‘But Luxembourg is in the opposite direction??’ Correct…but this time we planned to pick up the new old car in a different way. Since the old Lady had not done a lot of miles during the past years (actually decades…), we did not want to push our luck too hard by driving all the way home. But having her picked up by a commercial trucking company? Boring and rather expensive – and no challenge for someone working in the logistics sector. So we forged a plan for a more unusual trip…

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Just a little primrose…

The Garage is full and the pockets are empty – and yet one keeps looking at the classified ads. After all, a pre-war classic car is still the ultimate dream. And occasionally mentioning individual cars is a good way to carefully fathom the patience and tolerance of the wife. Unfortunately most of the affordable cars are rather underpowered – and to even think of Bentley & Co we would have to mortgage the house, if not the soul. But then, on a nice summer day, a 1936 Armstrong Siddeley 20/25 in the rather (ahem) restrained colour ‘primrose over black’ was put up for sale… Continue reading

Armstrong Siddeleys in the Black Forest…

This year’s destination was the Black Forest. The German Armstrong Siddeley Group, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, is assembling on annnual basis for a long weekend. For us it was the fifth “German Armstrong Siddeley Tour (GAST)” – and the first trip to the Black Forest for more than 30 years. Nine representatives of the marque participated this year, representing about a quarter of the German  SIddeley population. Unimaginable at a VW- or Mercedes meeting… Continue reading

Brave or just foolish? Restoration of a Riley…

What to do when suddenly someone offers you a Riley for free? In this case a RME 1 1/2 Litre, which had been laid up since 1967 and only seems to be suitable for spares? In fact a textbook example of what is called a “basket case“?
Michael from Scotland had the answer when this happened to him in 2011: He started a full restoration in his garage. And all that on a small budget – so far less than a grand. Not counting the countless hours of course…

Those who are looking for inspiration are kindly invited to follow Michael’s detailed restoration report in the Practical Classics forum. He is rightfully asking himself if this project is only brave or just crazy. I, for my part, can only take my hat off to people like Michael!

 

Katzenjammer…

The title of this post could have also been “We don’t buy anything…” Being happy drivers of a Ro80 and a Riley RMA awakened a desire for a car which combines the virtue of both: Like the Ro80 it should be fully capable of driving in modern traffic, including occasional fast legs on the motorway. On the other hand, it should possess the vintage charm of the Riley…. Continue reading

WIthin the comfort zone…

During the first year we stayed close to home. Following transfer, German M.O.T. and registration, we did not have any long trips in mind with the Riley. Instead, we rather took her on extended tours  within the vicinity of our home town. After all, we live in an Area where others spend their vacation. So why wander around in the distance, when good things lie nearby? Instead of a long narrative I just let the pictures speak for themselves… Continue reading