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Armstrong Patents Co

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Lever arm damper.
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Lever arm damper or double parallel-piston damper. This one is for a British Leyland Vehicle probably an Austin Allegro or Morris Marina; Australia.

Armstrong's Patent Co, of Beverley, maker of shock absorbers

1926 Company founded by F. G. Gordon Armstrong in Eastgate, Beverley.

1930 Became private company: Armstrong's Patents Co

1935 Public company: Armstrong Shock Absorbers Ltd.[1] The Patents Company continued as the operating company

By 1939 Were producing 4,000 shock absorbers a day and employing 450 workers

1945 Son William took over the company, establishing a research and development department in Fulford

1949 Manufacture a new type of suspension unit for Ford cars

1961 Manufacturers of "Armstrong" shock absorbers, "Heli-Coil" screw inserts, "Strongarm" door closers and hydraulic remote controls. 4,000 employees. [2]

1961 Armstrong Shock Absorbers changed its name to Armstrong Equipment[3] with subsidiary Armstrong's Patents Co

1961 Known as manufacturers of Armstrong shock absorbers, Helicoil screw inserts for the repair of spark plug threads, Strongarm door closers and hydraulic remote controls.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Shock absorbers. [4]

1981 Eastgate works was closed with the loss of 300 jobs.

1986 Armstrongs was making replacement exhausts for cars; the company won an appeal to the Law Lords against BL to be allowed to make such exhausts without payment of royalty to BL.[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 04, 1935
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. The Times, Oct 25, 1961
  4. 1963 Motor Show
  5. The Times, February 28, 1986