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1948-1953 STANDARD Vanguard I specifications


With its modern beetle-back styling, the Vanguard replaced Standard’s entire range of pre-war offerings in one go – there would be no more small cars from Standard until 1953. A full six-seater with a split windscreen, it introduced the world to the tough wet-liner four-cylinder engine that would go on to power everything from Triumph TRs to Ferguson tractors. Now-rare estate model was introduced in 1950, and all get a lower bonnet line and larger rear window from October ’51. Try and find one with overdrive – it makes a big difference to fuel consumption.

Production

  • Production:
    184,799
  • Price at launch:
    £544
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,000
  • Price (good):
    £3,000
  • Price (average):
    £1,400
  • Price (project):
    £550

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    22.0secs
  • Top speed:
    78.0mph
  • Power:
    68.0bhp
  • Torque:
    108.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    23.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, leaf springs
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4216mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2388mm
  • Width:
    1753mm
  • Height:
    1626mm
  • Weight:
    1188kgs

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