1947-1952 stan­dard Van­guard

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LARKIN’S BEST BUYS -

WHY WE LOVE IT they go on for ever if they’re looked after – and that styling whisks you straight back to the early 1950s.

The im­me­di­ate post-war years were tough go­ing for ev­ery­one in the UK – and car man­u­fac­tur­ers were given an es­pe­cially hard time of it. They were con­stantly be­ing ca­joled by the Gov­ern­ment to ex­port to ex­haus­tion to bring in as much over­seas cash as pos­si­ble – while bat­tling against an ex­tremely re­stricted sup­ply of raw ma­te­ri­als.

All praise to Stan­dard then for risk­ing all and aban­don­ing its fine range of small and large cars for a sin­gle-model pol­icy.

The ex­cep­tional end re­sult was the Van­guard, a thor­oughly Bri­tish car with pseudo-Amer­i­can styling built to take on the world in sa­loon and es­tate form. The car made the Forth Bridge seem like a match­stick model as far as build qual­ity was con­cerned, which en­deared it no end to buy­ers in var­i­ous far-flung cor­ners of the world: the sturdy Van­guard could hap­pily bounce around on pot­holed dusty roads in Rhode­sia or Ceylon for year after year. It was equally happy bowl­ing along the North Cir­cu­lar at a rea­son­able lick thanks to its 2008cc four-cylin­der en­gine. It’s no ball of fire, but still copes well in 21st cen­tury traf­fic.

You don’t get pol­ished wood in­side but there’s lux­ury in the form of lovely, soft, bouncy leather seats suit­able for six peo­ple, a three-speed all-syn­chro col­umn gearchange and com­pre­hen­sive in­stru­men­ta­tion.

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