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Lot 001: Standard Ten

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

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 rather sorry looking example has been in dry storage for many years and represents either an ambitious restoration project or a useful source of spares. The vendor advises that as far as he knows it is complete, has a current V5 and that the registration number remains transferable.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number001
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£400
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1958
Condition rating5
Registration numberMCJ 586
Mileage-
Chassis numberBE12834DL
Engine number12915
Engine capacity (cc)948
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4