Standard Roi des Belges - The oldest surviving Standard
Len Barr writes from
"When looking through some
files, I found the attached photograph of the 1907 Standard (now
SMC1) in the condition it was found on a Tobacco Farm in Australia
in 1956. Let me know if you get the file through ok, you
might like to add it to the web site if you consider its clear
enough. The car was actually completely restored to original
condition by Standard-Triumph Australia Ltd and then presented to
the parent Company in Coventry in 1958. After arriving at
Coventry in 1958, the Registration number "SMC1" which
was a plate owned by the Company, was transferred to the car.
The details of the car are 1907, model: B, 29.5 H.P. with Roi des
Belges style coachwork.
Cost of the car when new: £470."
Yes Len, its very clear as you
can see! So far as I am aware, it hasn't been published elsewhere
before, so I have deliberately "spoilt" it to prevent
unauthorised use by downloading from here. I thought I would add a
recent photo of SMC 1 which now lives in the Coventry Transport
Museum. (Spooky, I chose the same angle!) The car remains in roadworthy condition today. It is, of
course, the oldest surviving Standard in existence.
I am aware that there are other cars
and information that could be added to this site to make it more comprehensive, so if you
have material and photographs, please let me know. Please send me, Phil Homer, a
message at: Phil Homer
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