STANDARD TWELVE DELUXE SALOON - £18,995
We're delighted to present a show quality Standard Twelve with a fascinating history -- a car which we found unrestored in a York City Centre garage in 2011. We quickly sold the car as a 'barn find' for restoration and the exceptional result of a body--off, bare chassis, back to the frame restoration is remarkable. At the time of our last involvement we knew little of its history other than that it had been used as daily transport until it had blown its head gasket. This had happened on the A166 York to Bridlington route towards Garrowby Hill -- historically a notorious peril for West Yorkshire holidaymakers heading for the East Coast. It was then left untouched by its owner for 35 years until we recovered it here.Our customer tells us that more than £10,000 in materials and countless hours of work went into this restoration and we have no doubt that it is now the best example in existence. It had a further owner in Bude, Cornwall before returning to us. Clearly a little more research on its history has been carried out and we have a copy of the York vehicle licence records which show that in 1934 Standard car VY 5384 and Austins VY 5385 and 5386 were allocated to a York company NMU Ltd. Our car was allocated its number on April 24th 1934. NMU was Northern Motor Utilities, a transport and coachbuilding concern originally founded by retired World War 1 officers who started out with ex War Department wagons. During the 1920s and 30s they built truck and bus bodies and these three new cars were supplied to the company's head office on Fosse Islands Road in York. They built commercial vehicles for the huge Joseph Rowntree chocolate works in York, including cocoa tankers and it seems that by 1953 Rowntrees owned the company. Standards were a popular model and by the mid-1920s had been selling in similar numbers to Austin. Our car is a Twelve Deluxe model, with its chromed headlamps and leather upholstery. It features a 1608cc side valve four cylinder engine and a rare transmission in this model, the Wilson Pre-select gearbox which was an optional extra. This provided a smoother and more advanced transmission than the standard manual offering. A motor car of this quality in a city where cycling was the most popular form of transport would no doubt have been supplied to one of the directors. The quality of the restoration is superb.The historic values of this model would make a full commercial restoration of this quality unviable. Our sister company Malton Coachworks carries out restoration work of this kind and a body and trim restoration like this would undoubtedly cost three times the price of this car. Clearly, it was a labour of love and the results speak for themselves. The car is a peach and we found it particularly smooth on the road, with a lively engine and very precise pre-select gear change. The leatherwork headlining, carpets, paint and chrome are all fabulous and of a quality which could achieve a class win at a Classic Car Show. Truly a specimen example unlike any other, we expect the new owner to be absolutely delighted with this unique car.
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