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Standard Vanguard Phase II Diesel


Produced: 1954-1955, 1973 produced.
Types: Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
Estate,4 doors,4 seats
Standard Vanguard Phase II

Standard launched a revised Vanguard "Phase II" in 1952 to replace its original design. The new model had revised styling which looked more congenital thanks to a "notchback" boot lid and cut-away rear wheel spats. Apart from having a revised gearchange and hydraulic clutch little else had changed on the Phase II and so the model continued to sell well at home and overseas.

Vanguard Phase II body-styles included two door and four door estate options in addition to the regular Four door saloon style. In addition to the normal Petrol powered models Standard also offered a Diesel engined version, this being the first official, British, Diesel powered passenger car.

The Vanguard Diesel engine measured 2092cc, top speed was a leisurely 65mph however the car could easily manage an impressive 50mpg. Despite its frugal running costs less than 2,000 cars were built between 1954-55, maybe because the car was misunderstood and to radical for Petrol loving, British motorists.


2092ccS4 OHV80.96mm x 101.6mm17

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
7' 10"4' 6"14' 0"5' 9" 0 (26)0' 0"

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