1954 STANDARD VANGUARD PHASE 2
ANGLIA CAR AUCTIONS, KINGS LYNN, 7-8 NOVEMBER
The Vanguard attempted a transatlantic air in its original ‘beetle-back’ guise, but conservative British buyers didn’t really take to that look, even if they were lucky enough to get their hands on one. In a move that Ford adopted years later when it introduced a booted Granada MkIII to appease those who didn’t like the sloping hatchback, Standard literally gave its ‘beetle-back’ Vanguard the boot, creating a saloon as seen here. ACA’s example appears tidy externally, while the red interior has some wear on the front (bench) seat. With a presentable boot and engine bay, it’s worth considering.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
❚ Replacement trim is both expensive and hard to find. Vinyl was fitted as standard, with leather optional on some. Corrosion results in poor earths and connections.
❚ Windscreen seals perish and roof guttering corrodes, allowing in water which rots the scuttle and eventually the floors. Blocked drain holes lead to corrosion of the bulkhead around the heater unit.
❚ Check the bodywork carefully for corrosion.
The sills, particularly where they meet the gearbox crossmember, rear spring hangers and chassis outriggers are all known rot spots.