1948 STANDARD 14
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Speed is not the essence of this car, but the 1776cc sidevalve engine does provide enough power for it to feel happy enough in town and capable of more than 50mph on A-roads. The steering is surprisingly precise, with none of the wander you’d expect from a pre-war design. The ride is acceptable for something with a substantial separate chassis and cart springs and the brakes are predictable once you get used to them. Gear changes through the long double-angled lever are quiet and positive with no unpleasant obstruction.
The car’s restoration is fully documented with photos and suggests that the Standard was far from a basket case before work began. It now looks really smart in its metallic grey paint, which looks similar to a period Standard colour. The paint itself is good, there are no dents, bubbles or signs of filler in the bodywork and the chassis looks immaculate. The chrome has been properly attended to and a previous owner has sensibly fitted flashing orange front indicators below the bumper. This car should need no attention or major expenditure before it starts to attend shows and rallies with its new owner.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
This car’s original leather seats are beautifully preserved, with the sort of nicely lived-in and patinated finish that even unlimited funds could never replicate. You could almost be tempted to protect them with seat covers. The door panels are new but the matching leather pockets attached to them are original. The clean and undamaged carpets are from a later era but the instruments appear to be original and work as they should. The headlining and large sprung steering wheel are in good condition and the sunroof and opening windscreen mechanisms operate perfectly.
UNDER THE BONNET
The sidevalve engine looks smart and well-maintained and appears to be in excellent condition, though the newlooking wires and ignition leads obviously don’t look period and do rather stand out as a result. At no time during our extensive test drive did we notice any signs of engine wear or overheating – if anything it seemed to benefit from our run and we could find no significant leaks on or around the engine afterwards. Our drive revealed no evidence of transmission wear or tired suspension.
THE CCW VIEW
Simply put, this is a lovely car. Streamlined ‘Flying’ Standards like this always seemed to be superior to most of their period rivals and nothing has changed today. This is obviously an excellent example that is a pleasure to drive – and we reckon it has plenty more show visits to look forward to.
No leaks or untoward noises from sidevalve engine. New door cards and later carpets in smart interior.