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Flying Standard 12 Drophead Archive Page

Flying Standard Archive Material

Purely, self indulgent, this page  contains Archive Material  about the Webmaster's  Flying 12 Drophead Coupe 

1937 Flying 12 Drophead Coupé

The car when new in 1937

Newly discovered photo 1, 1937

Newly discovered photo 2, 1937

Newly discovered photo 3, 1937

At home in Hambledon, Bucks, 1937

DYN 943 is believed to be the oldest surviving Flying 12 Drophead Coupe in existence. Indeed it is probably the factory prototype, as it is registered in March 1937, yet no mention is made in the catalogue until July. It was given to the first owner, a Mr George of Hambledon near Henley on Thames, in settlement of an invoice for engineering services provided to the company, and used by Mrs George. It had no further owners until it came into my possession in the early 80's, in a very sorry condition, having not run since 1971 and been laid up in a damp barn since then. These pre-war archive photographs come from the owners son, who is also photographed here.

The car was originally grey, but was blue (around the rust) when it came to me. A lengthy restoration, followed by periods of inactivity followed. The car is now painted in Old English White, but will otherwise be kept as close as possible to its original specification. The restoration has been resumed in 2001 and you can see its current state in the photograph below. This is probably the finest looking Standard ever made, in my view, and I now am anxious to get it on the road as soon as possible. More photographs of it will no doubt appear here in due course.

Article by Phil Homer.

The car, 2001, partly through its restoration, into Old English White

The original owners son tends the car in 1937.

DYN 943 in it's garage, 1937, note the house generating and lighting set on the left.

An update to the story, the 12 restored and on the road in 2003:

I am grateful to Bo Legelius, our Flying Standard enthusiast from Sweden, who has sent me this advert for the Flying12 DHC, this is prepared for Dealer use, but I have never seen it published

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