*Updated* An Armstrong Siddeley Mobile Machine Tool Showroom

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*Updated*: Thanks to reader Michael Rhodes who has informed us that this unique car still exists in pickup form minus the dome. Andy Blatchford adds: The Sapphire Utility is owned by the Armstrong Siddeley Owner’s Club Ltd. and is currently undergoing restoration with the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, Coventry Branch at its workshops in Derby.

Adcock & Shipley Limited was a machine tool builder based in Leicester, England. The enterprise was formed in 1914, as a partnership of George Adcock and Howard Shipley, and turned into a long and successful venture. In this press photo dated January 27, 1960, can be seen a British Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire, which was cleverly turned into a rolling showcase for one of the firms horizontal milling machines.

With this unique vehicle, the salesman could drive to a prospect’s shop or factory, and conveniently demonstrate the machine tool at any time of the year, and in any type of weather. The sales car was equipped with a power cord that could be used to quickly connect to the client’s electrical service for the demonstration. Photo courtesy of the Benjamin Ames Collection.

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8 Responses to *Updated* An Armstrong Siddeley Mobile Machine Tool Showroom

  1. Andy D says:

    Much better looking than the current Popemobile.

  2. chris says:

    South Bend Lathe had a similar get-up in the 30s where a lathe would slide out the back of a small truck on a steel table and then 2 table legs underneath would fold down to the ground,not automatically,though.

  3. Mel says:

    In later years Adcock and Shipleys main business was making Bridgeport turret mills under licence from the American company. Their must be thousands of them still in use in the U.K.

  4. Michael Rhodes says:

    The car is actually on loan to the Rolls Royce Heritage trust and is being given an overhaul.

  5. Andy Blatchford says:

    The Sapphire Utility is owned by the Armstrong Siddeley Owners’ Club Ltd and is, as stated, on loan to the RRHT and current undergoing restoration with the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust, Coventry Branch at it’s workshops in Derby. The vehicle has never been part of the collection at Gaydon.

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