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Flying V-Eight  Archive Page


The Standard Flying V-Eight Page


Dear Phil


Browsing the website I came across the piece on the V-EIGHT and  thought you would be interested in the enclosed photo that I took at the 1970 Lost Causes Rally at Beaulieu.


I think I’ve read somewhere that that particular example, CAA 917, is now in the US. It is listed in J.R.Davy’s book with one more V8 saloon.


Best wishes


Bo Legelius


Member # 4931


January 2005


Thanks Bo, here is the  rest of the feature on the V8 that I first published in 2001:




























The only surviving Standard Flying V-Eight Saloon in the UK?


The Flying 20 V-Eight was announced for the Motor Show in October 1936. It topped the range at £349 as a Saloon  or £359 in Coupe Form. A Radio was a £13 extra. For comparison, the six cylinder 20Hp Saloon was just £299 and offered a roomier body. The V-Eight offered 75 bhp and a top speed of 82mph, 0-50mph was quoted as  12 seconds and fuel consumption as 20mpg. By far the fastest Standard at the time, though outperfiormed by even mundane 1600cc saloons today. The price was reduced to £325 in the following season but even so, it was not a fast seller. Around 350 are thought to have found homes. The model was quietly dropped in the following year. Can you find one now?


Engine Specification:


63.5mm bore  x 106mm stroke. Side Valves. Capacity 2,686cc. Eight cylinders in 90degree vee configuration. Compression Ration 6.5:1  RAC rating 20Hp.  Tax £15 Three bearing crank.


The following are extracts from the brochure for the car:


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