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Feature on a 1931 Avon Standard 9 Sports Coupe
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Russ Bees in Iowa, USA describes this car. which he has purchased recently from Canada as a 1931 Standard Avon Special Landau Fixed Head Sport Coupe.
In his own words: "This info was gathered from the brass plate on the firewall: 9 HP Mark II Standard Car Manufactured by The Standard Motor Co. Ltd, Coventry Chassis Serial No 603 Batch 9 Commission No 106416 Engine No 106164 Clutch No 106416 Gearbox No 107479 Rear Axle No 22 Front Axle No 36061 Steering No 37053
On the shield above the horn I found these numbers: 104612 28193 137511. The car currently has a MG midget (1962) engine. I also have the original engine (fully restored) which came with the car. The previous owner complained that the car would heat badly and he had to downshift constantly with the slightest grade. There is quite a mix of gauges including 2 of
which are Walford and look to be original (?) Upholstery is good but a poor color and I'm not sure if the pattern is correct, has 2 inch pleats on seat and back"
Well Russ, at first sight this would appear to be the same as Peter Lee's car which is featured here. However, though the year and the style are identical, it is clear to me now that thiis is a much bigger car. The reason is that yours is based on the Standard Big 9 chassis as identified by the Commission Number, whereas the other is on a Little 9 chassis. The car is overall a scaled up version of the Little 9, note the wider track. You can clearly see the wider front screen and the much larger headlights.
I hope that this information helps and that you will be able to reunite the car with its original engine. Please let us know how you get on.
Phil Homer, Oct 2002