Lot C518

Description:

1959 Standard 10
Reg. no. 329 DYD
Chassis no. BE140179DLB
Engine no. BE13592E
The Standard Ten was introduced in 1954, reviving the Standard Ten name that had last been used in 1939. In the pre-war era, the 10hp small family car market was the key for any volume manufacturer; this was also the case in the 50s, although the RAC horsepower system that gave the car its name had been superseded. The new Ten was based on the Eight, but with more power from an enlarged 948cc engine. It was also better-appointed than the budget focussed Eight, with a substantial chrome frontage on the Ten providing an instant visual differentiator. As with the Eight, however, the cars were still basic – the cheapest early models had to make do without an opening boot lid, for example, with access to the luggage compartment through the rear seat instead. As time progressed, the model was steadily improved, the biggest change coming in 1957 when in addition to a new grille and improved interior trim, the engines were upgraded to ‘Gold Star’ specification, with a raised compression ratio. Overdrive became an option on the 4-speed gearbox – unusual on cars in the class – and, luxury of luxuries, all models now came with an opening boot lid. Production ended in 1960, with over 170,000 made.
This 1959 Ten is in good original condition. It is thought to have done just over 46,000 miles from new – quite a rarity in these cars, which often saw heavy use as family transport. It comes with servicing records going back to 1979 and has spent many years in storage between periods of occasional use. The car was converted to run on unleaded petrol in 2007 and is reported to be in excellent mechanical condition. It comes with a current V5C.

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£3,000 - 5,000

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