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Standard 8 "Woody" Archive Page

An Accident in a Standard 8

Kenneth Runciman Annand recalls a lucky escape from an accident in a postwar Standard 8

Kenneth's father and mother both photographed with the 8 before the terrible crash. Click on either photop to see an enlargement

Which Standard is this one and what year please?  Is it a Flying 8??  FVC 758, with my parents.  I think this is the one in which I was riding as a small boy when I wanted a pee and my Mother stopped the car on a deserted Watford Way just on the outskirts of London and as I was being lifted back into the car a mad driver smashed into the back of us and it was amazing that we escaped with our lives.  We ended up in my Aunt's hospital of which she was Matron, The National Temperence in Euston Road in the next room to my Great Aunt whom we had been visiting.  The back seat ended up under the windscreen and I remember lying on my back in an adjacent field and seeing the windscreen fly over my head.  I was 4 and it was 1958!  Amazingly enough the car was a write-off!!  We were saved by the fact that I had broken the leather door strap by dancing on it, much to my father's annoyance, the week before and consequently the door was able to fly back rather than carry carry us down the road with the car!

Hi Michael,

It's a Standard 8 Woody estate and was made from 1945 -1948. Its the fifth variant of the Model, there were also 2 door saloons, a Drophead Coupe, a Tourer and I have a brochure for a 4 door saloon, though I have never seen one and don't know if one exists or was ever made?

Certainly, the Woody Estate was also a rare vehicle, even in its day, it was made  because there was a shortage of affordable steel just after the war. I don't know who made it or whether it was authorised by the factory, as I have never seen a brochure. Like yours, I think that the majority were used as farm implements for driving across ploughed fields, so its not surprising that so few survive. In fact I am only aware of one and that belongs to club committee member, David Groom. I picture that below:

As I mentioned above, I now have a brochure for the 4 door "8" saloon, so look out for a feature on that soon...................

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