1948 STAN­DARD 14

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - CLASSIC CARS FOR SALE - Nick Larkin

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.

BODY­WORK CHECK

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.

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