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Lot No. 113 - 1959 Standard Vanguard Vignale Estate

Sold for: £3,960

Ex-RAF Staff Car that hasn't seen active service for a while.
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  • Finished in RAF Blue with the correct roundel. The paintwork appears original but is faded
  • The grey interior is very shabby. Original Newmatic Roadmaster radio
  • Manufactured in 1959. Supplied by A.A. Clark of Windsor. First registered 01/01/1960
  • Indicated mileage 8,815. V5C, Workshop manual, Owner's handbook, Lubrication chart
  • Last taxed 30/09/2014 so presumably running up to 2013. Currently a non-runner. Needs help!

NB. On offer from a private collection, this vehicle has not been used for some time. It is a non-runner and is strictly sold as seen.

A major revision to the Standard Vanguard range occurred at the 1958 Motor Show in London, when the Phase 3 was visibly restyled in the, then-popular, "Italian" style. The redesign had been carried out by Michelotti (who styled the Triumph Herald) in conjunction with the Italian coachbuilder Vignale by which name the new model henceforth was called. Mechanically the Vignale Vanguard remained much as before, but externally featured a revised brighter range of 2 tone paint finishes,( separated by a thin chrome side strip), full-width chrome & polished aluminium radiator grille, revised rear lamps and stylish wheel trims. Another major revision was a revised roof pressing with larger front and rear window apertures giving a more modern appearance. Additionally, the Vignale was also offered with the 4-speed floor change as an option.

We have no evidence that this Vanguard saw service with the RAF but it is finished in the correct colour of Cotswold Blue/Grey (RAF Blue) and has the correct size RAF roundel on the back. In the course of our research, we uncovered an old (2013) dealer advertisement for this car, part of which is reproduced below, and although we are not warranting any of this information as fact, it might help a potential buyer get a better feel for the car.

"It has been re-commissioned after been stored since the early '90s and drives very well with the only problem being vague steering which is down to a worn steering box and old tyres. The bodywork is very good with a few repairs on the underside and a small area of rust on the driver's door. The paint is quite flat and has quite a few chips and flakes as it was last painted in the mid-'80s. The interior is very original and is in generally good condition however the carpet in the front is threadbare and the driver's bench has a few small rips. The rear rubber mat is brittle and has some damage. The rubber seals around the windscreen and boot are original and have cracked with age. The car starts, stops and goes well with strong oil pressure and steady water temp. New parts including the radiator, dynamo and starter motor have been fitted. The original radio is fitted but not working."

As we said, this was the dealer's opinion some seven years ago and we make no claims as to its accuracy. The mileage at that time was stated as 108,000 and the odometer currently reads 8,815 which we assume is 108,815 and its most recent MOT expired in October 2014.

NB; The V5C states the engine capacity as 1507cc which we assume is a clerical error.

Year of manufacture:
1959
Make:
Standard
Chassis number:
V3651665C
# of cylinders:
4
Transmission:
Manual
Engine capacity:
2088
Body colour:
Blue
LHD/RHD:
Right-hand Drive
Registration number:
TRX 889
Model:
Vanguard Vignale
Engine number:
V360749E

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