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Indian Phase 2 Vanguard Estate
Indian discovery of a rare Standard Vanguard
The Standards keep rising out of ashes like the Phoenix. This time, a Vanguard Estate in Trivandrum in South India was spotted by a friend. No details yet though.
The following comes from our resident Vanguard Estate expert, who identifies it as only the fourth known surviving Phase 2 Estate
It's clearly a phase 2 Estate as it still has the chrome trim parts between the side lights and grille which the Phase 1A like mine didn't have. It would have been built between 1953 and 1955 if built in Coventry, as the phase 3 Estate succeeded it in 1955 and only Phase 2 commercials were built after that. I wonder if it was built in Madras from a CKD kit.
Unfortunately I can't tell you if it's petrol or diesel .
I know of only 3 other phase 2 estates at present, in England (at John Mould's premises near Reading where Brian Simmonds is restoring a very sound diesel one), Sweden and Switzerland.
This makes it a very rare vehicle.
The Phase 1A estate also differs in having a mechanical clutch as opposed to a hydraulic on the phase 2, a different bonnet mascot (a rocket on the phase 2), a 3 bar grille on the 1 A as opposed to a 2 bar on the 2 and grey as opposed to body coloured dash and internal window surrounds on the 2. I believe phase 1As also had slightly narrower wheels and an unpressurised radiator whereas the phase 2 had a pressurised radiator and certain other minor mechanical upgrades.
On looking at the pictures again I can confirm that the car also has a phase 2 steering wheel with a blue centre boss with a lion in the middle in a grey surround whereas the 1A had a gold coloured centre boss with the 1950s open book type logo in red and black. The 1A indicator switch was in plastic in the centre of the steering wheel whereas the phase 2 was a sliding metal one on the top of the wheel.
With the sidelight trim and steering wheel being definitely phase 2 I'd say that's what it is.
So there you have it, the fourth Phase 2 Vanguard Estate. At this point I expect a deluge of emails telling me about other survivors. Lets hope so.
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