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Postwar 8 Feature
A Swiss Standard Eight Drophead Coupé
The quality of the restorations of your cars continues to improve. Another example of a very good looking rebuild has been sent to me and is shown here. This is a Postwar 8 DHC. Perhaps the owner will consider joining the club and to join in the events run by our active Swiss group?
Standard Eight, drop head coupe, 1948
Chassis no. NA 45 042, body no. f 2972, engine no. NA 45 102 e
1st reg. in Switzerland, April 14, 1948 in Meiringen
For more than 20 years I am the owner of this car. Initially it was grey. I bought the car dismantled and rebuild it completely. The car, now in blue colour, runs like new.
I have now the following questions:
Are there still more vehicles of this type in roadworthy condition in existence?
Yes, there are several more cars like yours in England and Switzerland in roadworthy conditions, and more are currently being restored.
When were these cars produced?
The Standard Flying. 8’s were produced before the war, with a 3 speed gearbox, or, as your model after the war, with a four speed gearbox. From the Commission Number, your car was produced in 1948.
Are the number of cars produced known?
As Saloon, Estate, Drophead Coupé and Tourer, there were 83,139cars produced. The precise number of Drophead Coupés is not known
What did this car cost in 1948?
The Standard 8 Saloon was sold in 1946 in Switzerland for CHF 8’100.— The Drophead Coupé would be more expensive
I happily look forward to your reply and send you greetings from Switzerland.
My thanks to Werner Maurer for the translation from German
Here are some more photographs of the 8 DHC,
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