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Avon Standard Little12 Memories
A friend and neighbour happened to mention recently that she and her husband owned what seemed to be an unusually interesting car during the 1949/50 period. She said that she had some photos which were taken at the time, and would dig them out so that I could look at them. The photos of this early car, although I have never been a Standard owner myself, I found of considerable interest, since its similarity seemed to suggest that it is part of the development chain for the later, and better known, SS 1. The car spent all its war years in a garage.
Having thus interested myself in this particular car, I searched the web and came up with your very interesting and informative site. However the only vehicle I could find which sported the same type of mudguards and looked anywhere near similar was the 1932 Avon Standard 9 Sports Tourer that one of your articles covered; the one that lived in Iowa.
We both thought that the car might be of interest to your members and my friend was quite happy for me to contact you with a couple of photos. I must, however, apologise for the quality of these attachments, but they were blown up, and slightly enhanced, from the original 3.5 x 2.25 inch snaps.
Details that were written at the time of ownership were as exactly as follows in no particular order:
1932 Avon Special; Special little 12; Straight six, side valve; 1 1/2 Morris Minor; Ash body; Aluminium panels; Price when new £375 compared to Austin 7 at £100.
The entries in italics I don't understand, but assume that the first refers to a similar model on which it was based, and the second, presumably it was powered by a Morris engine. There are no details of engine or chassis numbers.
The number plate is clearly visable and we wonder whether the car may still be around somewhere in the world. If anybody knows, please let us know.
Now we know about it, we'll keep an eye on your web site.
Malcolm. A. Knapp
You are correct, this is an extremely interesting car. -
Almost without doubt, it is a Standard Avon Special on the Little 12 chassis. Avon were commissioned around this time to produce sportscars, using Standard chassis and mechanicals to which they added their own bodywork. This car was based on the 1932 Standard Little 12 which had a six cylinder side-
The body was designed by Charles Beauvais and the new Avon Body Company was an early venture run at that time by the Jensen brothers, Alan and Richard, who later found considerable fame as Jensen Motors.
So, all the description you have given me, except 1 1/2 Morris Minor, is correct. I can not explain why there is a reference to Morris.
The result is this very pretty car that is very desirable today.
As you note, Standard also produced Chassis and engines for William Lyons's SS Cars but that development line is separate and quite distinct from the Jensen story.
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