1947-53 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.