1946 STANDARD FLYING EIGHT SALOON
Chassis Number: NA2121DL
Registration Number: KPC 288
Recorded Mileage: 3,690 miles
- Rare early post-war example
- Nicely restored in current ownership
The smallest member of the Standard Flying family, the Flying Eight was launched just prior to the 1938 Motor Show at Earls Court in October of that year. It was a brand new design, marking Standard's first entry into the tax-busting 8 hp market. The frame was all new, with box section longitudinals, and independent front suspension (ifs) by a transverse leaf spring. The 1,021cc engine put out a heady 31bhp through a 3 speed gearbox and stopped with Bendix mechanical brakes operated by cables. Two versions were available from the launch of the model: A two-door all-steel saloon, and a 2/4-seat open tourer, with a drophead coupe from 1939.
The 8 hp model, now without the Flying name, was rapidly re-introduced after the Second World War with the first models appearing within ten days of VE day. The only major update from the pre-war model involved the fitting of a 4-speed gearbox. The car was pitched by Standard against the Austin 8 and Morris Eight rivals, and was priced at £314. The 8 was phased out when the new Triumph Mayflower was launched in 1949. A slow seller, it was soon replaced by the new Standard Eight in 1953.
This very early post-war model was first registered in January 1946 in the London area, later finding its way down to South West England and the ownership of a classic car collector near Frome. In current ownership the Standard has been restored to a very good standard, The black coachwork retains a lovely shine, and the retrimmed interior in tobacco leather presents extremely nicely with little signs of any wear. Dry stored since the passing of the former owner, the Standard will no doubt benefit from some light recommissioning before being used on the road once more.
This charming little motor car is offered with its original buff log book and several period instruction books and data sheets.