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Lot 002: Standard Ten

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

It is sometimes easy to forget what an austere place Britain was in the early 1950s, but the Standard Eight is a useful reminder. Launched in 1953 to compete with the established Ford 100E, Morris Minor and Austin A30 models, it came only as a four door saloon and was so basic it had no hub caps, no external boot lid, fixed rear windows and a single windscreen wiper! It's 803cc engine gave it a top speed of just 60mph - it was the ultimate in no frills motoring and cost just 481, 7 shillings and 6 pence. It was the cheapest 4-door car on the market and even if it didn't have luxuries aplenty, it did have independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes. By 1954, living conditions had presumably improved sufficiently for Standard to launch the more upmarket Ten. Costing a princely 510 10s, this used an all new 948cc version of the Eight's engine and could streak to 60mph in 34 secs with another 9mph in hand. It also had hub caps, a boot lid and a full set of wipers! This example has had just two previous owners and was purchased by the vendor in 2010. Much work has been undertaken mechanically, with an engine and geabox transplant taking place using what is believed to be a Herald unit. The vendor is unsure of which model it came from, therefore we are currently unable to verify the capacity, it being either 948,1147 or even 1296ccs. Suffice to say that when used to pull the not inconsiderable weight of the lovely Angela Caravan (which is also in the sale today) out of the barn for the photographs, it didn't even notice the extra weight, starting instantly and running very smoothly indeed. The interior is original and could do with some TLC in places whilst the bodywork could also benefit from some remedial work. It is however basically very solid underneath and is MOTd until September 2012, taxed until November this year and has what we understand to be the transferable registration number 505 HRF. A more interesting alternative to a Morris 1000 or Austin A35 and with excellent spares availability, this 'budget model' now represents the perfect 'budget classic'.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number002
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration number505 HRF
Chassis numberBE 38853D/L
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