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Another Standard Mystery is resolved

Above and below, an early 30's Standard on unmade New Zealand roads

 Hi Phil

Standard of possibly about 1930 vintage owned by my great-uncle Alexander Drummond, pictured with his son Basil. Photo understood to have been taken in early 1930s, probably at Tapawera, Nelson, where my great-uncle farmed.  I would be interested to know if any members can identify the exact year and model of this car?,

Rod Drummond

New Zealand

> Hi Rod,

I am almost certain this is a 1933/4 Standard Twenty Special Coachbuilt Saloon. The additional equipment specification included the second spare wheel and tyre, the only Standard of that era I can find that has six wheels.

There could only have been a handfull of these made, so for one to make it to NZ is quite a surprise. Road Tax on a 20Hp car here was very expensive at the time, perhaps less  so in NZ?

I will publish the photos in the Post Vintage Archives. (its actually in the "What is it?" section )


Phil Homer


Many thanks for the information - I had no idea that this was such a rare model. Would be interested in any further info re this model that you may find. As far back as I can remember, there has been a flat road tax licensing fee in NZ for private cars, regardless of engine size, right

back to 1925 when the Post Office took over vehicl licensing on a national basis from local councils. A variable initial registration fee, depending on engine size, was in force however for several years in the 1970s to discourage purchases of cars with heavy fuel consumption.



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