Dinky Toys: Standard Vanguard

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Standard Vanguard

Mid blue, Cream hubs, closed rear wheel arches, large lettering on baseplate (153)


Makers Model Number: 40e/153
Version Number: 11
Produced: From 1954 to 1960
Scale: 1:42

Notes about this toy:
Original Number 40e; Early releases with open rear wheel arches, closed later

Another of those irresistible organic motors from the early fifties, you just cannot help touching and stroking that smooth, rounded shape. The Vanguard though was quite a ground-breaking car marking the return of the Standard brand after the second war. Dinky cheated slightly with the model. This is the later version which was called the Phase II, The original Dinky was the Phase I model which had enclosed rear wheels, On the Phase II the rear wheels were opened up and that is represented herein the later Dinky model. However there was more to the Phase II than wheel arches. The profile of the car changed and it was given a defined boot. Dinky chose to ignore this change. The Phase III Vanguard is represented by the Corgi model from the late fifties.
The Vanguard had one more facelift on the later body shape, done very nicely by Vignale at the end of the Fifties, before disappearing for ever in 1963, replaced by the Triumph 2000.

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Standard Vanguard

Notes about this vehicle:
The car was announced in July 1947 and was completely new with no resemblance to the previous models and was Standard's first post World War II car. It was also the first model to carry the new Standard badge which was a heavily-stylised representation of the wings of a Griffin

The styling of the car resembled the pre-war Plymouth with a sloping "beetle-back". Russian media claimed that styling of this car had been in part influenced by Russian GAZ-M20 Pobeda, which had been in development from 1943 and went into production in 1946. In 1952 the Motor magazine stated that the Soviet Pobeda "shows a certain exterior resemblance to the Standard Vanguard" despite the Vanguard appeared one year later

The same engine was used throughout the range until the advent of the Six model in 1960 and was an overhead valve unit of 85 mm (3.3 in) bore and 92 mm (3.6 in) stroke with single Solex downdraught carburettor. The compression ratio was 6.7:1 on early engines increasing to 7.0:1 on the Phase III and 8.0:1 on the Sportsman. Wet cylinder liners were fitted. The engine was very similar to the ones made by Standard for the Ferguson tractor that they were making in large numbers.

The transmission at first was by a three speed gearbox with synchromesh on all forward ratios

Produced: From 1947 to 1963
Model Year: 1948
Body Style: Sedan
Number of Doors: 4
Group: Standard-Triumph
Made In: United Kingdom

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