1955 Standard Ten Saloon Registration no. KKG 547 Chassis no. BE15031 Engine no. 15381
In adopting the modern unitary method of body/chassis construction, Standard was late in the field when compared with its domestic rivals, some of whom had unitary models on sale in the late 1930s. Post-WW2, Morris had already introduced the Alec Issigonis-designed Minor and Austin the A30 both new 'unitised' designs before Standard woke up and gave us the Eight in 1953. A direct competitor of the Minor and A30, the Eight was entirely conventional by the standards of its day, with 803cc overhead-valve engine, independent front suspension and live rear axle. Spartanly equipped, that first Eight offered little in the way of creature comforts or embellishment, featuring sliding windows, negligible trim and access to the boot via the interior, although all of these shortcomings would be addressed by the time production ceased in 1959. Broadly similar to the Eight and introduced in 1954, the Ten was better equipped and came with a more powerful 948cc engine under the bonnet. Unlikely as it may seem, the Standard Ten was a capable rally car in its day, as evidenced by Jimmy Ray's outright victory in the 1955 RAC Rally and other strong showings at international level throughout the mid-to-late 1950s. This Standard Ten was driven on the 1994 Monte Carlo Historic Rally, finishing 6th in class. Restored circa 1996 (bills on file), 'KKG 547' has been used on various other historic rallies since then. The car is offered with old-style FIA papers, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.