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Flying VEight Feature
New Zealand Museum restores a rare Standard Flying V8
I was interested to see the photographs of the two Standard V8 engines in New Zealand in the April and June Standard Car Reviews. The car with the engine shown in the June Review is now under restoration at the Southward Motor Museum at Paraparaumu, near Wellington, where it has been in storage for over 30 years.
I first saw this car in Auckland about 1955, and, never having heard of this model before, wondered exactly what it was. About 10 or 12 years ago a friend of mine mentioned that he had been a neighbour of the then owner of the car, a Mrs Mayes, whom I rang for some information about it. She said that it was very unreliable, and that she eventually sold it to the Southward Museum in about the 1970s. At that time it was coloured maroon, and has now been repainted a light grey shade. I am also forwarding an email with attached photographs of the car.
I have been told that the V8 in Christchurch, whose engine features in the April Review, was owned for many years by Merv Sloane of Southbridge, Canterbury, who bought it from a dealer in Christchurch with the intention of using the engine in a midget that he raced back in the 1950s. It seems that at least three of this model must have come to NZ, as Dick Hancock, from whom I bought my 1938 Flying 12 in 1979, mentioned that he had seen one for sale in New Lynn, Auckland, some years before then, and subsequently found that the motor had later been taken out of the car and put in a stockcar for racing. He had no idea what had become of the rest of the car.
Thanks for this update Rod.
The restoration of the Museum car seems to be pretty thorough. Judging by the pretty puny size of the drum brakes all round, the car appears to be no better braked than my Flying 12, so I hope it stops! I do hope the car gets occasional use when completed rather than sitting all the time in the museum. Wouldn't it be good to see it on the road?
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