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Flying 10 Comparison Feature



How to identify the four different models of Flying 10 - Version 2


One of the advantages of web publishing is that a previously published article can easily be updated to incorprate new and revised information. That is what has happened here.......


A couple of weeks ago, I published pictures of a 1938 and 1939 Flying 10 and invited anyone who was familiar with the cars to tell me the differences are between the two models. Well, I'm back with the results, and more:


I received three replies and these  helped me to identify no fewer than 4 distinct Flying 10 models. Rod Drummond in New Zealand, Pat Ging in Ireland and Bo Legilous in Sweden all offered me information. 


Most recently, this article has been added to by Dennis Brown. My thanks go to all of the contributors, the compiled version is now below:



1936 Standard Flying 10. Model A10S


This was the smallest of the second range of Flying Standards introduced in March 1936 and only current only until that year's Motorshow. This, the first Flying 10, shared the new small bodied replacement for the earlier Flying 12 Saloon, being 13" shorter and 4 1/2" narrower than the 1935 Flying 12


The 1343cc engine was essentially carried over from the 34/35 "upright" 10, with the addition of a waterpump, and  produced 35bhp. 


The car had a "beetle-back" with a split rear screen and the spare wheel was enclosed in a second compartment below the boot. It had flat spring steel bumper blades. The specification included sliding roof, adjustable steering column, chrome lamps and radiator surround, twin external horns, and twin scuttle mounted wipers. The brakes were Bendix Cowdray rod type. 



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The price was £199 ex works.


An almost identical car was catalogued with the 1608cc engine as the Flying Light 12 (model AL12S) for just £6 more.


1937 Standard Flying 10 - Model 10AL

Introduced at the 1936 Motorshow, as part of a new range for 1937, alongside a new Flying 9,  the 10 now got its own, smaller body and chassis The engine capacity was reduced to 1267cc and 33bhp by reducing the stroke of the 1343cc engine


This model was a 4 door version of the 2 door Flying 9, also introduced at the same time. With a slightly longer wheelbase than the Flying 9, it was still shorter and narrower than the A10S and was 2 cwt lighter. This was an all new chassis and the rear end styling was changed to give a single rear window. The spare was  now mounted outside at the rear of the car, but the double windscreen wipers mounted on the bonnet were replaced by a single wiper above the drivers side of the windscreen The water pump was dispensed with and a single horn was mounted under the bonnet on the non-adjustable steering column. 





The brakes were now Bendix Duo-servo cable operated on all 4 wheels by foot or hand. These changes  allowed the price to be reduced to £169


In addition, the de-luxe model had a clock, chrome lamps, spare wheel cover, sun visor, roof light, ash tray and an external folding luggage carrier, which raised the price by £10


1938 Standard Flying 10 - Model 10BL.


Introduced at the 1937 Motor Show as the 1938 model with minor changes

The car gained a bolder front by putting on a chrome plated  waterfall type grille and the wipers became tandem above the screen  The engine remains at 1267cc



Prices remained unchanged from 1937.


Bigger changes were still to come...........






1939 Standard Flying Super 10


This was advertised as a entirely new car, introduced at the 1938 Motor Show as a 1939 model. It was continued unchanged for the 1940 season. pPower output is now quoted as 36bhp, from the 1267cc engine

The body was slightly wider than previous models and the spare wheel went  back into a  separate compartment below the boot. 


This 10 also picked up changes first introduced in the  Flying 8, these are





Other equipment changes were a foot operated dip switch, "umbrella" hand brake mounted under dash and separate clock mounted in the instrument panel. 



In addition, the waterfall grille has become narrower, having been reduced from 24 to 18 slats, same as the 8. Indeed the 1939 parts list states that the same chromium grille was fitted to the 8, 9 and 10, although cowl pressings differed.


The price ex-works was raised to £185.


The previous 1938 models were carried over to 1939 and designated the Saloon and Saloon de-luxe. Prices for these cars were unaltered. Does anyone know if these were newly manufactured cars or left-over 1938 stock? 


No doubt there are other detail differences between the 4 models

The above shows an example of the complexity of the Standard range at the time. I want all my pages to be accurate, there may be errors, so if you think I am wrong please write in as there is still room for corrections and another up-issue!

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