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 Flying Twenty Feature

Flying 20 Saloon


      My brother Graham and I took my Swallow Doretti  to the Tom Rolt Rally at Towyn on the Talyllyn Railway in Mid Wales on the Spring Bank Holiday Sunday 25th May. There were hardly any Standard Triumph products there at all and the only Standard was the Flying 20 shown which has a family connection. 

For many years, it belonged to my second cousin Janet May and her husband Mike, who also owns a TR3 and is well known in our sister club the TR Register. It sat at their windmill home at Attleborough in Norfolk for many years languishing in a barn whilst Janet and Mike tried to sort out a means of repairing the straight 6 engine where the crank was already 60 thou undersized and couldn't be reground further.


I engineered its sale to Phil Birch,then our 8 and 10 spares officer,and he in turn sold it to the current owner, a friend of Phil's from Malvern, who replaced the engine with that from an MGB, which he told us required surprisingly few modifications so that it could easily be rebuilt to original. Unfortunately he has been quoted £3,500 for a new crankshaft! 


Both Phil Birch and I have tried to persuade the owner to join the Club,so far to no avail. He owns a classic caravan and several classic vehicles and so claims he can't be in every club.


Report and Photos: Peter  Lockley

Hi Peter,

I make this about a 1938 model. It was rare then and of course it is rare now,. Thanks for sharing these photos with us.

Unusual cars sometimes turn up at local shows like this so please, members don't forget to take a camera with you and let me know if you find anything. Like Peter's handiwork, the results will appear here


Your car can be preserved on the Internet, forever! I am always pleased to see stories of Standard restorations,  including photos, some taken during the process if possible. Send them to for publication on this site.