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Homepage. This page: Three period photographs of a 9hp Standard 2 door saloon car.

A Standard Nine saloon.

Thanks to David, who kindly sent the first pair of photographs over, showing a two door Standard that belonged to his father. For some reason I have quite a few photos of Standard Flying 8s on the site (for instance the saloon photographs on this page, and the tourer seen here), but until now not one of the Flying 9. One detail difference between the Flying 9 and the Flying 8, is that the latter has a cheaper pressed metal bumper when compared to the "Nine".
A Standard Flying 9
The photo above is interesting for a number of reasons, not least the temporary lack of headlights fitted to the Standard in this view. I've not often seen pictures of small cars fitted with the marker posts fitted to the nearside front wing either, these are usually seen on lorries only (admittedly taller than that shown here). I wonder where DKC 543 ended up? DKC is a Liverpool area registration code. The photo below shows the same car, bonnet up and being worked on.
Another photo of the Standard, with the bonnet up
David has fond recollections of his father's car: "We went over to Northern Ireland in the Standard Flying 9 when I was a child. I remember we went up to Stranraer because the weather was so bad in Liverpool and the storm travelled up with us! The car was winched onto the deck by crane with chain slings. No Ro-Ro then. One of the rear springs broke and my father, who had served some time as a blacksmith's striker, helped the local guy to make a new one". On the second photo, David adds: "My father working on the same car in Ireland. I think it was 1952 and I was 7 years old at the time. This car was, I think, his second after a Morris 8. Before that it was a motorcycle and side-car. He made the sidecar in our lounge. I remember my mum complaining about the engine on top of a wardrobe!"
Thanks for the photos and memories David!

Another Flying 9 image turns up.

This old photo I've had in an album for some time. Again at first I assumed it was an '8', but the chromium front bumper, windscreen surround, and wipers mounted above the screen, all suggest Flying 9 once again. Note the extra lamp mounted at a jaunty angle, positioned to illuminate roadside signs perhaps?
Another Standard Flying 9
Return to Old Vehicle Photos Page 8. Two photos of the pre-war Standard 9 can be found here.

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