1954 Standard Vanguard


  • Attractive RAF blue livery
  • Only 3 registered former keepers
  • Original service manual and paperwork

The Appeal

First introduced in 1947, the Standard Motor Company jumped through plenty of hoops to create the Vanguard. Named after the Royal Navy vessel, HMS Vanguard, the company engaged in lengthy negotiations to use the title - and in the process, earned plenty of post-VE-day press. The car was built almost entirely with worldwide export in mind, and was thus designed for all-around versatility. It even used a converted straight-four engine taken from the Ferguson TE20 tractor. 

This example has been static for some time, and could use some recommissioning, but is in good order with a solid body and a stylish period interior.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1954
  • Three registered former keepers
  • Indicates 11,701 miles
  • However this is on a five-figure odometer and can’t be verified
  • Valid MOT test until October 2023
  • Original paperwork includes:
  • Service Instruction Manual
  • Standard Vanguard extras booklet
  • Original owner’s manual
  • Paper instruction book (priced at five shillings)
  • Original style tax disc from 1955
  • Latest V5

The Interior

  • Attractive period interior
  • Bright red seats, retrimmed at some point in the car’s life
  • Seats in very good order with no rips or tears
  • Tactile Bakelite switches in good order
  • Horizontal speedo and odometer with slight clouding
  • Attractive Bakelite steering wheel with some wear
  • Discolouration to the ashtray surround
  • Some pitting to internal chrome and metalwork
  • Door cards show some wear with extensive peel on the driver’s door handle
  • Metal dash appears to have been hand-painted and could use refinement
  • Carpets in good order
  • Light wear and staining to the headlining
  • Boot appears clean and solid, with a picnic basket and blanket nestled inside
  • Some rust bubbling at bottom of both nearside doors

The Exterior 

  • Attractive RAF blue paintwork
  • Light wear to the paintwork with chips and light paint loss to the bumpers
  • Chromework shows some light pitting but largely presents well
  • Windows and headlight glasses are free from cracks or fractures
  • Car is sitting on Vanguard painted-rim wheels, which have some light paint loss
  • Shod in a full set of Maxxis tyres 
  • Underneath, the car stows a spare wheel
  • The car’s underside has some isolated areas of corrosion, which appears to be surface level

The Mechanics 

  • Powered by the 2088cc straight-four petrol engine, adapted from the Ferguson TE20 tractor
  • Three-speed manual transmission
  • Car has been stood static for some time and will need recommissioning
  • MOT in October 2022 came with zero advisories
  • The vendor knows of no major mechanical faults throughout apart from some play in steering box and handbrake may need some adjustment


Nicely appointed, versatile and boasting plenty of period features, this distinctive car should make for a very useable, stylish classic. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1954
  • Make Standard
  • Model Vanguard
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 11,701 Miles
  • Engine size 2088
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town East Grinstead
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • harriso•••• £2,700 05/04/23
  • jhprope•••• £2,600 05/04/23
  • harriso•••• £2,500 05/04/23
  • jhprope•••• £2,400 05/04/23
  • harriso•••• £2,300 05/04/23
  • jhprope•••• £2,100 04/04/23
  • tony-be•••• £2,000 04/04/23
  • jhprope•••• £1,900 04/04/23
  • tony-be•••• £1,800 04/04/23
  • jhprope•••• £1,700 04/04/23

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