1932 Standard Little Nine saloon barn / garage find restoration project with valuable original registration & V5
Charming Standard Little Nine for restoration. Standard was the largest car manufacturer in Coventry before the war, and had a reputation for quality vehicles. The Little Nine, launched in 1932, sat between the cheaper Austin 7, Morris 8 & Y model Fords and the higher quality Rover & Riley cars of the day. Indeed, the quality of Standard cars was such that William Lyons of Jaguar fame selected them as the basis for the first SS Jaguar cars. (The gorgeous SS11 was built directly on a Little Nine chassis & running gear.)
This Little Nine is a 1932 model from the first year of production & is in reasonable overall condition but is in need of a partial re-build / recommissioning before it can go back on the road. According to the V5, it has had 2 previous owners in the past 87 years. I understand from the previous owner it has been laid up in a garage for the past 30+ years, and as such is ripe for restoration. The transferable registration number DH 96366 is included in the sale; if it does not sell I may separate the car & the number.
I purchased the vehicle with the intent on returning it to the road but a change of circumstances & the acceptance of my advancing years means I need to change plans. I have partially stripped the car to assess the work required (in my opinion) to get it back on the road.
**** Please note external photographs in this listing show the vehicle as purchased (April-19); other photos show car in current condition after partial strip to commence restoration & assess extent of work required ****
The side valve engine does not turn over, but looks to be in good condition from an external review. The oil is clean & it looks like it was laid up sympathetically. I have filled the cylinders with a mix of 2 stroke oil & petrol, so hopefully this will free things off after a good soak. (I suspect it is a sticky valve.) The exhaust system is in place but will need replacing, though the manifold looks to be in good condition. Previous owner says the engine was re-built approx.. 3,000 miles before it was laid up, though I cannot confirm this.
The engine has an electric starter, though a starting handle is included.
The radiator looks OK but has not been checked for leaks.
The gearbox is unchecked, but all gears (revers & three forward speeds) can be selected, and the clutch appears to engage / disengage.
On visual inspection the rear axle appears to be in good order.
All suspension (half elliptic springs front & rear) appears to be OK, if a little grubby, with friction shock absorbers all around. All brakes are cable type & appear to be operational, but need to be inspected & set up. I have not removed any of the brake drums, though they all appear serviceable. Wheels are bolt on wires and appear on initial inspection to be in good condition, and all tyres hold air, but will obviously require replacing.
In my opinion, pretty solid. There is some surface rust, but I cannot see any perforation through corrosion.
Generally sound, but there are some areas that need to be addressed:
o ‘A’ pillars (upper & lower) need replacing both sides due to wood rot (I have all original wood plus some new seasoned ash cut to the required section.)
o Screen frame header rail needs replacement; original available.
o Localised repairs (new let-in sections) required to roof channel intersection to A pillar both sides. (4 pieces)
o Localised repairs to scuttle frame (both sides) & OSR (2 pieces)
o Door frames looks generally OK
o Running boards (plywood) need replacement (both sides)
o Sunroof (‘Stanlite’) type has been plated over at some point in the past; could be left closed or opened up again.
o Rear panel above fuel tank is corroded & needs new metal
o NSF & OSF lower ‘A’ pillar needs local welding repair
o Front wings appear in excellent condition
o Some filler in rear wings, but look structurally sound
o Regulators need re-commissioning; drop glass lifter rail on NSF need to be replaced
o All door bottoms are corroded; could be used ‘as is’ for oily rag condition, or replaced for full restoration
o All present & uncracked
o Front screen is opening type with single wiper motor
o The original Stanlite sunroof shown in the external pictures is now missing; it was lost in transit whilst the car was being delivered to me.
o Blue over black; hand painted but well done (30+ years ago!) Would look OK touched up for ‘oily rag’ restoration, but would need respray for anything else.
Looks like the interior was re-trimmed in 1960’s or so. Quality is generally OK, but rear seat backrest & squab was not done at the time. Note headlining has been removed for body repairs & will need to be re-manufactured or repaired.
Steering wheel needs new celluloid covering.
Nothing checked, but all appears to be present, including the lovely semaphore indicators & single rear light. (There are two rear lights on each rear wing that look like 1960’s additions.) The horn on the front headlamp bar is original & (to my mind) looks lovely!
With the car is a selection of spares & components that may assist in the restoration. These include second hand parts from another Little Nine engine (valves, springs, pistons, rods, camshaft, etc), and NOS gaskets.
In summary, this is a lovely little vintage car that could potentially be returned to the road without a major investment in time or money, or subject to a full restoration to return it to its’ former glory.
As ever with such listings, I would recommend all potential purchasers view the car before bidding. The car is in Maldon, Essex.
Note the outside photographs with this listing show the car as purchased by me in April 2019; the interior shots show the car in it’s current condition after initial & partial strip down to assess all repairs required to return the car to the road. As noted earlier, please also note the Sunroof shown in the outside photographs is not included in the sale (it was lost in transit to me.)
Please message me to talk or see the car. This is a regretted sale, only bought about by my lack of ability to do the stuff I could do 25 years ago! I have tried to be as accurate as possible in describing the car, but it is over 80 years old and any purchaser needs to make their own assessment of the vehicle.
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