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1946 Standard Eight Tourer, Show winning restoration! For Sale

1946 Standard Eight (4-seat) Drophead Coupe

Seldom seen on the roads today, but once one of Britain’s most popular small cars, the ‘Mini’ of its day, the “Flying Eight” by the Standard Motor Coy, the Open Tourer model being an even rarer sight. This post-war example is a genuine factory built Tourer which has been stripped to the bare frame and rebuilt by an enthusiast previous owner. Mechanically and bodily refurbished throughout, a full nut & bolt job, so looks like new. New wiring harness, Dynamator fitted, New hood and sidescreens, all new interior, electric fuel pump conversion. Glass-finish respray in Olde English White with Red upholstery (perfect for the odd family wedding) Full photo record of the restoration included. All work done to high professional standard.

Unusual to find such a comprehensive chassis-up rebuild on such a budget-priced classic. Would have cost many times the asking price had it been done by a commercial restorer.

Only used once or twice since completion to attend local shows, so may require some minor tweaking when properly run-in.

Comes with V5 logbook, original 1946 Standard Motor Coy Handbook, Photo record of rebuild. Club info. Starting handle, Detachable sidescreens.

For more info on this special little car, call John on number above..

Car located in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. Transport arranged at £1 pr/ mile (one way only charged)

Marque History

The Flying Eight was the smallest member of the Standard Flying family. It was launched by the Standard Motor Co Ltd late September 1938, prior to the 1938 Motor Show at Earls Court in October of that year. Apart from the power unit, it was a brand new design, and marked Standard's first entry into the smallest 8 hp market.

Along with the rest of the Flying range, the Eight signalled Standard's embrace of the flamboyant styling trends that were sweeping both sides of the Atlantic. In contrast to its predecessor's conservative lines and upright stance, the Flying range sported an arched roofline, waterfall grille, bulbous wings and a beetle-back

Two versions were available from the launch of the model: A two-door all-steel saloon, and a 2/ 4-seat open tourer which was slightly more sprightly than the saloon as it was a 57lb lighter The former body was built for Standard by Fisher & Ludlow at a newly erected plant at Tile Hill, Coventry. The open tourer bodies were built by Carbodies at Holyhead Road, Coventry, and these cars were probably also assembled there. These tourers featured cut-down door tops, and a fold-flat windscreen.

Around the turn of the year 1938/ 39 a drophead coupe became available. This body was built for Standard by Mulliners of Birmingham, who were already building drophead bodies for the Standard Flying Twelve. The initiative for this version probably came from Mulliner's and not from Standard themselves, as it appeared 4–5 months after the original saloon and tourer versions.

The tourer was priced at £125, the saloon at £129, the saloon de luxe at £139, and the drophead at £159.

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 absence of bonnet louvres on the 8 hp model provided visual differentiation from the pre-war Flying Eight. The pre-war tourer body by Carbodies was dropped, being replaced by a new tourer body in the form of a simplified drophead coupe, with cut-down door tops, detachable sidescreens and a fixed windscreen frame. Estate cars were produced in 1948 only and were not on general sale.

The car was pitched by Standard against the Austin 8 and Morris Eight rivals and was priced at £314.

After this version of the 8 was phased out Standard-Triumph's next small car was the Triumph Mayflower and it was only after this model had failed to meet its sales targets that a new Standard Eight was launched.

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