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Triumph Standard Published: 2nd Jan 2018 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Triumph Standard
Triumph Standard
Triumph Standard
Triumph Standard
Triumph Standard
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Before 1963, the cars were known as Standard Triumphs due to the fact that The Standard Motor Company purchased the bankrupt motorcycle and car outfit just after WW2 although the two concerns split in 1936 to go it alone. Standard not only kept Triumph afloat but still produced its own upmarket models before Leyland acquired both brands in 1961, quickly dropping the Standard marque in 1963, chiefly because the name had now become a term, not previously of highly quality but of the lowest common denominator. Yet those in the know albeit with long memories remember and respect the Standard name, signifying fine sporting cars which were BMWs of their day.


A range of saloons and roadsters produced from 1938 to’48 where the basic chassis provided the base for the TR sports cars. Engines spanned from 1-litre to 1.6; prices hover around the £4000 mark although dropheads can be worth 50 per cent more.


An all new saloon to replace everything previously, the bigged-up Bettle look aped a pre-war Plymouth. A full six-seater, the engine introduced the strain of the Ferguson tractor engine that went into the TRs while the chassis also found a home for the Triumph Renown saloons. A cruiser really although more conventionally styled Vanguard II had a firmer suspension, pay around £5000 for good examples.

8/10 pennant

A Standard to take on Ford’s budget based 100E, the engine later became the base for the Herald and Spitfire power units. Pennant is upmarket jazzed up 10 and all are as cheap as chips.

Vanguard III

A new look and the first Standard to boast a monocoque chassis, this much larger, roomier and lighter Vanguard also ushered in the two-toned Vanguard Sportsman, complete with TR3 mechanicals (it was initially intended to be a Triumph). A real rarity, expect to pay £5000 if you can find one, that is.


Basically a cheaper, poverty spec Vanguard using a down-graded engine to 16-litres but with four-onthe- floor (with optional overdrive) and disc brakes. The Deluxe featured better trim but by 1961, with the advent of the TR4, this signalled end of TR-engined Standards. Prices are roughly on par with the earlier Vanguards.

Vignale & luxury six

Ford owns the rights to this name now – back in ’58, this was the Standard setter, more so when the six-cylinder Luxury Six replaced it, itself being the forerunner to the Triumph 2000.

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