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1935 Avon 16 Feature
Feature on a 1935 Standard Avon Waymaker 16 Saloon, in the USA
The following comes from Shawn Miller in Indianapolis:
I bought the car in the '73 or so from a local gentleman who had a broker running around England buying up cars and shipping them here. He would then fix their little problems and sell them. I was 14 yrs old at the time and used paper route money to buy it. It came over with an earlier 9 hp boattailed speedster with cycle fenders, and both them had been purchased from a farmer in the Midlands, according to the broker who I met some time later. I have often regretted not being in a position to buy both of them, and the 9 hp hasn't surfaced recently, I don't know where it is now, but will find it someday.
The running boards were missing so Ed just made up a little triangle thing although, I do think he had some sort of photo to go by. Any info you would have on the proper style for running board would be helpful.
It appears to be intact, the only thing that may not be original is a Delage badged Jaeger 8 day clock, which does fit nicely in its hole. I have a spare 20 hp engine and tranny as well (well the main parts of them anyway). The hood ornament say "Avon Special" as do most of the gauges.
I will take more shots. I repainted the car in the mid 70's and the painter didn't follow my instructions on the sweep panel. I will probably eliminate that when I paint it again, and I plan on restoring the top properly, it should have a fabric insert.
Thanks for your speedy reply! Having never been able to come over there, I lack any good documentation on the car, and it is good to finally meet some people who know about this marque. The internet is truly a wonderful thing!
Are there any remaining factory or Coachbuilder records on these cars?
Its license plate number is WD8897 is that is at all traceable.
It's a pillarless Saloon known as the Waymaker II and this is the first 16Hp version that I have encountered. The Registrar will be busy trying to find if we know of others and we will get back to you with the information that we have. Thanks for sharing these pictures of this very rare car with us.
Two more photos follow
All photos, Shawn Miller, digitally enlarged here:
Imposing road presence, even nearly 70 years on
Sideview shows lack of running boards which the owner would like to replicate
You can see a 12Hp version of this Avon in the Coachbuilders Photo Gallery
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