Not a flight of fantasy
The Myth Busters column on ‘Flying’ Standards in the 12 April issue made interesting reading, but the content is a little unfair in its implication that the cars were of no particular merit in their mechanical specifications.
No mention is made of the largest Flying model, the six-cylinder Flying 20hp, the seven-bearing crankshaft engine of which was used extensively by William Lyons for his 1930s Jaguars. Nor is anything more than passing reference made to the Flying V8, which was the
first ‘monobloc’ V8 engine in the British industry, if one discounts the American-designed Ford unit.
The Standard V8 went into the same body as the Flying Twelve model, a lot smaller than the coachwork of the sixcylinder 20hp, making the V8 an almost totally overlooked Q-car – or street sleeper in hot rod parlance.
Finally, the Flying 8hp of 1939 wasn’t the first British mass-produced car with independent front suspension. That honour should probably go to Vauxhall, which used the ‘Dubonnet’ torsion bar system on certain models such as the D-series 12 and 14hp, H-series 10hp, and I-series 12hp, the former from 1935. Nigel Stennett-Cox, North Walsham, Norfolk