1947-53 STAN­DARD VAN­GUARD

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 70 Years Of The Standard Vanguard -

en­gine 2088cc/4-cylin­der/ OHV PoweR 68bhp@4200rpm toRQue 108lb ft@2000rpm toP sPeeD 84mph 0-60MPh 24.5sec Fuel con­suMP­tion 22-26mpg

The an­nounce­ment of the new Van­guard was a rad­i­cal step not just for Stan­dard-Tri­umph but for the UK car in­dus­try as a whole. There were no run­ning boards or any other pre-war over­tones, the spec­i­fi­ca­tion in­cluded an all-syn­chro­mesh gear­box and the en­gine was a ro­bust 2088cc ‘Big Four’. As a fur­ther show of con­fi­dence, Stan­dard re­placed all of its pre­vi­ous mod­els, with the ad­ver­tise­ments stat­ing that ‘to­day we can’t af­ford to live on our past achieve­ments’. The Van­guard was ar­guably the first Bri­tish car to be de­signed for a global mar­ket and de­serves a place in au­to­mo­tive history.

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