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Vanguard 1A Estate Feature
1952 Vanguard 1A Estate, owned by Peter Lockley
For a couple of years now, I have wrongly been describing this estate as a Phase 2. Only today Peter has chosen to correct me, thank you and apologies, Peter.
I do want this site to be 100% historically accurate, so if you have seen other annoying mistakes PLEASE TELL ME NOW.
This is Peter's second Standard. After completing his first, a fifties Standard 8, Peter was looking round for another car to restore when he found this very rare Phase 1A Estate Car. The car was mostly rotten and required much welding, particularly in the floor area, and most of the body panels needed repair or replacement. After a couple of years hard work, the car was ready to be repainted in its original colour, and the result you see here today. The car is now in regular use for shows. The photograph shows the side view of this splendid car.
Peter adds the following information, on 10th Feb 2004, on how to distinguish a Phase 1A Estate from a Phase 2 Estate:
Apart from the different front grille, a phase 2 estate has a different bonnet mascot(a rocket),a body colour dashboard and internal window surrounds (they are light grey on a 1A) and a hydraulic clutch with a twin master cylinder (same as a TR2 and Doretti). A Phase 1A has a mechanical clutch. A phase 2 would also have a pressurised cooling system. The bodyshells of the 1A and 2 estates are the same. There was however a two door Phase 2 estate as well as the four door version. Does anyone know of one still in existence?
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