A Mortlock Brothers bodied 1947 Standard.

Updated: May 24

described by Nigel Stewart in Perth, Australia​

My little 1947 Flying Standard was assembled by Mortlock Brothers in Perth, WA. I am unsure whether it was a fully knocked down kit or sometimes stray bits and pieces were used. ( I will describe Mortlock Brother’s construction later in the feature – Historian)

It was bought by two sisters in Perth and owned for many years. It was then used by some apprentices and then bought by a vehicle restorer and owned for 10 years. The next owner bought it, transferred it to Port Augusta and owned it for 10 years. He has quite a supply of spares and I have taken over care for the last 18 months.

The picture in the hills is taken in the foothills of the Flinders ranges with the gulf and Port Augusta below.

It started and ran but not well. A friend who is an auto electrician has renewed wiring, re-fused the car and it now starts easily. It no longer needs a choke to start. Originally green in colour, it is now black. The engine seems good, there is a low-pressure fuel pump which helps.

The suspension seems clunky and the brakes will need adjusting. A paint job will be necessary at some stage.

Recently I joined a car club rally of the Port Augusta Car Restorers Club up through the hills and it ran well. Probably 50 kilometres.

Port Augusta lies at the head of the Spencer Gulf in South Australia. The gulf is long, some 300 or more kilometres and wide at the bottom but only a few hundred yards where we are.

Port Augusta was the last place on the sea to access the desert interior. It is 40-45 C in summer and rarely rains. Camels were imported and Afghans came to work them. All goods were carried including the telegraph line. Shortly after a railway was built, narrow-gauge to Alice Springs. The Ghan