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1955 Standard Eight 1.5 Litre Competition Saloon For Sale by Auction

1955 Standard Eight 1. 5 Litre Competition Saloon
Professionally built in 2003 and very competitive

Registration: UXG 486
Chassis: CS60572DX
Odometer: N/ A
Transmission: Manual
MOT: Exempt

Extensively modified and upgraded
Recently re-commissioned
Goodwood Revival St. Marys competitor
Interesting race history
We are very pleased to offer this very interesting Standard Eight that has had a lot of time, effort and money put it into what you see today. It is finished in gleaming black with a red interior completed with a Corbeau race seat and full roll cage and has the benefit of a matching set of Dunlop tyres. The appearance is stunning, but that is only half the story on this charming little car. We are indebted to the vendor for the following information:

“In the Standard’s heyday, very few competitors would have chosen the car to go circuit racing but, unlikely as it may seem, it was a capable rally car, as evidenced by Jimmy Rays outright victory in the 1955 RAC Rally and other strong showings at international level throughout the mid-to-late 1950s. However, modern technological developments permitted in today’s historic scene have enabled competitors to exact a level of performance out of unlikely candidates that would have been impossible 60 years ago. Which brings us to the car offered here.

Following a memorable win at the 2001 Goodwood Revival St Mary's Trophy with the late Gerry Marshall in a Lotus Cortina, classic car restorer Chris Sanders decided to enter the 2004 event in this 1955 Standard Eight and was paired with Barry ‘Whizzo’ Williams for the two-race event. The rules at that time allowed any evolution of the original engine block to be used, and as the original 803cc Standard power unit evolved into the 1500cc Triumph Spitfire and MG Midget engine, a race version was commissioned from Anderson Racing Engines for the car. The combination proved to be very quick!

In the first of the two races Whizzo (starting from the back of the grid) tore through the field up to 5th position before pulling over with an overheating engine. In the second race the car qualified 3rd on the grid and challenged Le Mans-winner Andy Wallace's Jaguar for the lead before once again succumbing to overheating. A failed cylinder head gasket was diagnosed and sadly the car did not finish.

Since 2004 the Standard has languished in its Somerset garage, but this year the engine was rebuilt including new pistons, bearings, oil pump, and oil radiator. Other notable features include disc brakes, roll cage, limited-slip differential, Triumph alloy wheels, rack-and-pinion steering, race instruments, Dynator, triple-core radiator, oil cooler, laminated windscreen, and Perspex side and rear windows.

The car is now - almost - ready to race in suitable circuit or hill climb events. However, some modification would be required in order to comply with current Goodwood regulations, and some of the safety equipment will need updating.”

This really does represent a great way to get into historic racing with a car that is already known within the right circles. With a little bit of upgrading, you are ready to go and enjoy this charming little gem. Who knows, maybe you will be turning out at Goodwood sometime soon. What a great opportunity!

Buy it Now: £23, 000

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