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About Standard

The Standard Motor Company was founded in Coventry, England in 1903 by Reginald Walter Maudslay (1871-1934). The Standard name was last used in Britain in 1963, and in India in 1987.

History

1903-1914

The company was set up in a small factory in Much Park Street, Coventry and employed seven people to assemble the first car, powered by a single cylinder engine with three speed gearbox and shaft drive to the rear wheels. This was soon replaced by a two cylinder model quickly followed by three and four cylinder versions and in 1905 the first six. As well as supplying complete chassis, the company found a good market in selling engines for fitting to other cars, especially where the owner was looking for more power. The company took a stand at the 1905 London Motor Show in Crystal Palace where a London Dealer, Charles (later Sir Charles) Friswell agreed to take the entire factory output. In 1907 Friswell became Chairman of the company and worked hard raising its profile culminating in supplying 70 cars for King George V and his entourage at the 1911 Delhi Royal Durbah. Friswell sold his interest in Standard in 1912 to C.J. Band and Siegried Bettmann the founder of the Triumph Motor Cycle Company which later became the Triumph Motor Company. In 1914 Standard became a public company.

First World War

During World War I, the company produced over 1000 aircraft including the Royal Aircraft Factory BE12, Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8, Sopwith Pup and Bristol F.2-B in a new works at Canley opened in 1916 which would become the main centre of operations in future.

1919-1939

Civilian car production restarted in 1919 with a range of small cars and by 1924 the company had a share of the market comparable to Austin, making over 10,000 cars in 1924, but by the late 1920s profits had fallen dramatically due to heavy reinvestment, a failed export contract and poor sales of the larger cars. In 1929 Captain John Black joined the board from Hillman as joint Managing Director and one thing he encouraged was the supply of chassis to external coachbuilders such as Jensen, Avon and Swallow (which would become Jaguar). Reginald Maudslay left the company in 1934, and died shortly afterwards at the age of 64.

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5-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.9L OHV M-4
27.6 kW / 37.0 hp / 37.0 hp  69.0 N·m / 50.9 lb·ft / 50.9 lb·ft
   

Standard Companion (1955)

5-door 5-seater station wagon (estate, combi), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in, 27.6 kW / 37.0 hp / 37.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 69.0 N·m / 50.9 lb·ft / 50.9 lb·ft @ 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.8L OHV M-4
20.9 kW / 28.0 hp / 28.0 hp  53.0 N·m / 39.1 lb·ft / 39.1 lb·ft
   

Standard Eight (1953)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 803 cm3 / 49.0 cu in / 49.0 cu in, 20.9 kW / 28.0 hp / 28.0 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 53.0 N·m / 39.1 lb·ft / 39.1 lb·ft @ 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm / 2800 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 99 km/h / 62 mph / 62 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 1.7L OHV M-4
44.7 kW / 59.9 hp / 59.9 hp  125.0 N·m / 92.2 lb·ft / 92.2 lb·ft
   

Standard Ensign (1957)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1669 cm3 / 101.8 cu in / 101.8 cu in, 44.7 kW / 59.9 hp / 59.9 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, 125.0 N·m / 92.2 lb·ft / 92.2 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S2   0.5L TS M-4
11.9 kW / 16.0 hp / 16.0 hp        
   

Standard Superior (1933)

2-door 2-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 0-valve straight (inline) engine, two stroke, 494 cm3 / 30.1 cu in / 30.1 cu in, 11.9 kW / 16.0 hp / 16.0 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S2   0.4L TS M-4
8.9 kW / 11.9 hp / 11.9 hp        
   

Standard Superior (1933)

2-door 2-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 0-valve straight (inline) engine, two stroke, 396 cm3 / 24.2 cu in / 24.2 cu in, 8.9 kW / 11.9 hp / 11.9 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 0.9L OHV M-4
26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp  65.0 N·m / 47.9 lb·ft / 47.9 lb·ft
   

Standard Ten (1954)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in, 26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 65.0 N·m / 47.9 lb·ft / 47.9 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 16v 2.7L SV    
55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp        
   

Standard V-8 (1937)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 2686 cm3 / 163.9 cu in / 163.9 cu in, 55.9 kW / 75.0 hp / 75.0 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, rear wheel drive, 129 km/h / 80 mph / 80 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 2.1L OHV M-3
50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp  146.0 N·m / 107.7 lb·ft / 107.7 lb·ft
   

Standard Vanguard (1948)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2088 cm3 / 127.4 cu in / 127.4 cu in, 50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 146.0 N·m / 107.7 lb·ft / 107.7 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 2.1L OHV M-3
50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp  153.0 N·m / 112.8 lb·ft / 112.8 lb·ft
   

Standard Vanguard (1958)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2088 cm3 / 127.4 cu in / 127.4 cu in, 50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 153.0 N·m / 112.8 lb·ft / 112.8 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 2.0L OHV M-4
59.7 kW / 80.1 hp / 80.1 hp  147.0 N·m / 108.4 lb·ft / 108.4 lb·ft
   

Standard Vanguard 6 (1961)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1998 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 59.7 kW / 80.1 hp / 80.1 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 147.0 N·m / 108.4 lb·ft / 108.4 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 2.1L OHV M-3
29.8 kW / 40.0 hp / 40.0 hp        
   

Standard Vanguard D II (1954)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), diesel 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2092 cm3 / 127.7 cu in / 127.7 cu in, 29.8 kW / 40.0 hp / 40.0 hp @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 107 km/h / 67 mph / 67 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 2.1L OHV M-3
50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp  146.0 N·m / 107.7 lb·ft / 107.7 lb·ft
   

Standard Vanguard Phase II (1953)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2088 cm3 / 127.4 cu in / 127.4 cu in, 50.7 kW / 68.0 hp / 68.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 146.0 N·m / 107.7 lb·ft / 107.7 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S4 8v 2.1L OHV OD-4
67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp  164.9 N·m / 121.6 lb·ft / 121.6 lb·ft
   

Standard Vanguard Sportsman (1956)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2088 cm3 / 127.4 cu in / 127.4 cu in, 67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 164.9 N·m / 121.6 lb·ft / 121.6 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual with overdrive 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 146 km/h / 91 mph / 91 mph top speed

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