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I think this is a Standard Big 9 -
Unfortunately my father died a while ago and is not around to ask. I think the photo was taken around 1933, my father is sitting in the driving seat -
The caravan was 'home made' and the picture was undoubtedly taken on route to North Wales from their Staffordshire home. I am amazed to see that this car was 1287cc and about 10hp. This journey would have taken some time !!
Any thoughts on the car would be gratefully appreciated.
A great picture and I would guess that it was a rare site on the roads in the early thirties.
Phil sent this information:
What a splendid period photo! Thanks for sending it
We are in luck. The GW series of registration numbers was only issued between December 1931 and March 1932 so that dates the car quite tightly!
The Big 9 was produced between 1930 and 1933 and there were 3 changes to Spec (improvements) during that time, called the Mk1, Mk2, Mk3 and Mk4 though externally they were pretty similar. I am afraid I'm not an expert on these variations but I would hazard a guess that its a MkIII since the MkIV lost the small "peak" that you can see above the windscreen.
The caravan looks great too, but it was undoubtedly very heavy. I agree, I wonder if the car, which itself was very heavy could actually pull it with just a 1287cc engine. I wouldn't like to attempt it today.
The car was replaced by a smaller, lighter 10 at the 1933 Motor Show.
I hope you don't mind if we reproduce your photo on the Website, it will be of great interest to our members especially the small number of owners of surviving Big 9's
Thanks and regards,
Many thanks for the fascinating information and help with dating the car. Have you any idea about how much this would have cost when new?
Were 'Standards' considered a 'good quality' car at the time?
Please do feel free to use the image on your website.
Thank you again and all the best for your club and cars.
The car cost between £195 for the base model and £255 depending on the amount of chrome and/or leather specified. Thats more than an annual salary.
Standards were considered a little above the mass market marques, which were Austin, Morris and Ford. Standard competed mainly with Riley, Vauxhall, Hillman and Rover for the "middle-
Standard were extremely succesful in the 1930's amd expanded sales by at least 5 times by 1939, by which time they employed some 9000 people making them the biggest employer in Coventry.
Hope that helps,