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Vanguard Archives Feature

Much loved Vanguard is remembered in Belgium

Hi Phil,

I just discovered your internet site today.

I was looking about history of the standard company after I discovered on the standard vanguard instruction book of my father's car  that the badge from the standard vanguard car approximately the same is of this on my triumph herald convertible I am renovating on this moment. If you have more info about this...

Maybe are you interested by old pictures, so, here are some My father was a well known baker in Brussels he always told us that his vanguard (he kept 11 years) was one of his better cars.

kind regards

Didier Géronnez

member of Belgian triumph club.

The two children are Alain & Bernard Géronnez  the picture date from 55 or 56.

The Géronnez family Vanguard as a cake!

Hello Didier,

The Standard Motor Company bought the Triumph Company in December 1945 for £75,000. This consisted of the goodwill and the name only. All Triumph cars thereafter were designed and built by the Standard Motor Company at their Canley, Coventry factory. Therefore the only "Triumph" component on a Herald is the badge. 

Depending on the age of your Herald, the commission plate will say that it was built by the Standard Motor Company, Or by Standard-Triumph, or by Triumph or later by British Leyland when ST was taken over by Leyland. It is just different names for the same company and workforce.

Hence the similarity of the badges as both cars were built by the same company.

Your father's Vanguard was a quite early model. It may be 1948-49 when almost all of them were built for export. Later  cars used separate sidelights.

I will use the pictures of the Vanguard on the site, so it would be useful to know who the children are and the reason that the cake was made?


Phil Homer

Hi Phil,

The cake was made to inaugurate his new car in the year 49 or 50.  He was very proud of it.

The two children are my brothers Alain & Bernard Géronnez  the picture date from 55 or 56.

The Bakery was   "Pâtisserie Joye" rue de Savoie 107  Saint-Gilles Bruxelles

I send you an  another picture from their bakery's car   I found today (unidentified car ... do you have an idea ?)



Hi Didier,

It was quite difficult to track down the maker of your van, and in fact I can't find another anywhere. Its quite distinctive as the front wings extend right back behind the doors. I  have no doubt though that it is based on this Hillman Estate Car of 1949, though I have no idea who did the van conversion, or where. Hillman commercials were called Commers, but I suspect this one retained its Hillman badges.

Regards, Phil


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