1961 Standard Vanguard Luxury Six Automatic
Lot 304
1961 Standard Vanguard Luxury Six Automatic Saloon, Chassis no. W3766DLBG Engine no. W3249HE
Sold for £7,820 (US$ 13,136) inc. premium
Lot Details
1961 Standard Vanguard Luxury Six Automatic Saloon

Registration no. 759 NOU
Chassis no. W3766DLBG
Engine no. W3249HE


  • A sensation when launched in 1947, the Vanguard owed its American looks to the Plymouth, and for a few years was the only model that Standard produced. Despite its up-to-the-minute appearance the Vanguard retained a separate chassis, though it did feature coil-sprung independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes. Its power unit was an all-new overhead-valve four of 2,088cc, an exceptionally rugged wet-liner design later employed to good effect in Triumph's TR sports cars. The engine's excellent flexibility was claimed to make a four-speed gearbox unnecessary, an all-synchromesh column change three-speeder (with optional overdrive from mid-1950) remaining the norm for many years. A high centre of gravity made for 'interesting' handling, though Vanguard purchasers were probably more interested in the generous accommodation afforded by the bench front seat. Acceleration was leisurely (0-60mph in 24 seconds) and top speed within a whisker of 80mph.

    The engine/transmission package was carried over to the new unitary construction Vanguard III introduced in 1955. There would be several variations on the 'III' theme: the high-performance Sportsman, Vanguard Vignale (restyled by Giovanni Michelotti), Ensign economy version and, finally, the Vanguard Luxury Six. One of the last models to carry the Standard name, the Luxury Six was based on the Vanguard Vignale. Introduced in 1960, it was powered by a new 2.0-litre overhead-valve six that would later be used in the Triumph 2000, Vitesse and GT6 models. With 80bp on tap courtesy of its smooth, twin-carburettor engine, the Luxury Six was good for a top speed of 90mph.

    This rare Vanguard Luxury Six is believed to be the only survivor of the relative handful produced with automatic transmission. It was voted 'Best Vanguard' at the Standard Motor Club's International Rally in 2011, and in 2012 won the award for 'Best Original Post-war Standard'. Featured in Triumph World magazine (February/March 2012 edition), the car comes complete with its rally display stand and a suede-lined history folder.

    We are advised that the engine and Borg-Warner automatic gearbox were fully reconditioned in 2012 (bills available) and that the car is in generally very good condition. Finished in two-tone Lichfield Green/Nimbus White with Phantom Grey/Smoke Grey interior, '759 NOU' comes with MoT/tax to June 2013 and Swansea V5 document. Four new whitewall tyres and a windscreen cowl are the only notified deviations from factory specification.

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to inform bidders that receipts are on file for £3,428.86 detailing the complete overhaul of the Borg Warner automatic gearbox and an engine rebuild. The car also benefits from a new stainless steel exhaust, and supporting paperwork confirms the mileage as being 62,100 from new. An extensive history file and a collection of original workshop manuals accompany the car, viewing of which is highly recommended.
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