1954 STAN­DARD VAN­GUARD PHASE 2

ANGLIA CAR AUC­TIONS, KINGS LYNN, 7-8 NOVEM­BER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THE HOTTEST BUYS UN­DER £30k -

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.

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