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Canadian Phase 1 Vanguard Estate

Another rare Vanguard Estate is uncovered

The following are extracts from the Standard Motor Club Forum ( Have you joined yet?)


Could anyone tell me how rare in the UK a phase 1 Vanguard estate is?

I only ask as I visited relatives over in British Columbia in Canada last month and tucked away in a corner of their farm is what I believe to be a 1950 Phase 1 estate. Although some of the glass is broken I couldn't believe how good the bodywork is given that it hasn't been on the road since 1959 (it still wears its '59 plates) there isn't a dent on the body and there is very little rust. I had a good preliminary look over it and the sills/floorpan look and feel sound. 

The rear wheels are obviously not original! but the original ones are lying by the car.


You will note the original period radio (complete with BIG transformer) on whats left of the front seats. Rust-wise this car is amazing with only very little surface rust only. The roof has a stainless steel panel over what looks to have been the cut-out for a webasto-type sunroof? If a good interior could be found/re-made this would make a wonderful project.


The interior is pretty well gone and the engine is no longer there but it looked like a good basis for a restoration.

Now I know that the end value of a fully restored example, would in no way cover or even justify the cost of shipping the thing over and restoring it, but thats not why we restore cars is it? 

So from a rarity point alone would this be worth it I wonder?

Ian Hardy

Once again it is over to our Vanguard Estate expert, Peter Lockley, who identifies this as only the second surviving Phase 1 Estate.

Thanks for the email. It looks the same as that of Tom Dolby of Peterborough, who was parked next to mine at Denny Abbey at this years Standard  International Rally, i.e. an approximately 1950 Phase 1. It has sidelights and bonnet mascot so is not a very early one, as very early cars had neither

As Tom's is the only active Phase 1 estate I know of in the UK and I know of no others, this one is clearly worth saving.

Your correspondent is however wrong about the roof. All estates and vans had a panel in the middle of the roof as it's the manner of construction. The very early ones had a fabric panel and this as most would have had an aluminium not stainless steel one.

Mulliners of Bordesley in Birmingham (which were later taken over by Standard and a different company to Mulliners who bodied Rolls and Bentleys etc.) made the estate, van and pickup bodies whereas Fisher and Ludlow did the saloons.

Even the colour may be original as they did a dark metallic green colour. This one seems very faded however. My parts book shows different part nos. for saloon and estate bodies so presumably Mulliners supplied the bodies ready painted. 

Give this a plug on the web as it would be great to see this car restored


So there you have it, only the second known Phase 1 Vanguard Estate. At this point I expect a deluge of emails telling me about other survivors. Lets hope so. 


Please try to save this car. If you can't, please let us know where it is so that we can try to find someone else interested in saving it

Phil Homer

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