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Standard Chid’s Car

Reproduced from SMC Forum and email to Pat Ging:

From the early 1940's , there was always a single seater coach built Standard car in our garden. It had been given to my much older brother who was stopped by the police when seen driving it under age on the local streets of Caversham Near Reading.

He grew up and the little car became derelict but was still in our garden probably until the early 1960's. My father had a portable aluminium garage made for it and had the engine removed for reconditioning, maybe for me to use. However, dad fell into bad health, the engine was forgotten and when he went to retrieve it from his company workshops, it had gone and no one knew where. By then the car was getting very tatty and wasps had made a nest in the seat.

I think the car must have been scrapped when our house was sold but by then I was married and away from home.

The car had a quite a heavy solid steel coach built body finished in black cellulose with a chrome "radiator" surround and the Standard trade mark enamel badge on the front.  It was also equipped with lights. The seat was upholstered with a sprung base. There were small running boards and a large external handbrake lever. The engine was in the front but I never heard it run and have no idea if it was air or water cooled.  There was a small boot too. The wheels were small diameter not unlike those used in American midget racers. The steering wheel I think was 4 spoked aluminium with a hard black plastic covering. All in all a very professionally made car.

My brother once told me that the car was originally made at the Standard Motor Company in the 1930's, especially for the small son of one of the directors of that company. My brother is still alive and I will see if I can find out any more information.


With great thanks to Phil Homer, Nick Black and my brother, I have a little more information about this toy car, which is not unlike the quality of those found in the Royal Family.

It seems likely it was made at Standards factory for Sir John Black possibly circa 1939. One would assume they were too busy on aircraft etc to have found time during the war. It is not certain if it may have been given to his daughter. It seems unlikely that it was given to any of his sons, who were younger.

It had a black body but grey wheels.

The engine was a small air cooled unit with kick start, mounted in the back.

It was acquired by my father in lieu of a business dept. and used as a birthday present for my older brother circa 1944-50.

After it became derelict, it was sold or given away or maybe scrapped some time after 1955 but probably not long after.

That is all I have on the car so far and I have left it rather late in life to gather the information but had to wait for the Internet to be invented to get this far. Thanks to the Standard Motor Club for making this possible.

I am afraid my photos are very poor indeed, for which I apologise.. Any photos of the car itself must have gone missing over the years. 

The only photos which have survived are in the background of a 9.5 cine film my father took in about 1955, when the car had been derelict for some time. A single 9.5mm frame is about the size of your finger nail. However, as the car seems to be so rare or maybe a one off, these photos are rare indeed.

 I just hope that this car, when new, may have been better recorded in the albums of the Standard Motor Company or somewhere in Sir John Black's family. One would imagine so, especially as a child must have been involved. .

Photos attached from a film by the late Derek Buckler, founder of the Buckler car company.( I am the child in one photo, which is how I was able to date it to circa 1955 ).

regards Malcolm Buckler ( Isle of Man)