Not a flight of fan­tasy

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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

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