WHY I LOVE MY VAN­GUARD

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING - PETER FOS­TER

Peter is Van­guard Spares Of­fi­cer for the Stan­dard Mo­tor Club, so he knows these cars well and has owned his 1959 Van­guard Vig­nale for around 15 years. He says: ‘My fa­ther owned Stan­dards, in­clud­ing an En­sign De Luxe that I learned to drive in, so I’ve al­ways had an af­fec­tion for the mar­que. I had a par­tic­u­lar han­ker­ing for a Phase 3, and found this one that had been owned by an el­derly chap who could no longer drive.

‘He’d used it as an ev­ery­day car; it had been well­main­tained and was in sound con­di­tion. The en­gine had cov­ered 200,000 miles and had been over­hauled pre­vi­ously, and apart from some work I car­ried out on the cylin­der head, it’s still go­ing strong. I’ve also had the gear­box over­hauled, but oth­er­wise it’s just needed some at­ten­tion to the body­work.

‘It needed a fair bit of weld­ing around the A-pil­lars, a few years ago, be­cause they were get­ting a bit frilly, and I’ve re­placed the front wings and sills and re­painted the bot­tom half of the car.

‘I love the looks, and these are very com­fort­able cars that have no trou­ble keep­ing up with mod­ern traf­fic.’

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