26th Apr, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 20

1936 Standard Avon 'Le Mans' Special Tourer

Lot details

Registration No: ABM 410
Chassis No: 232013A
MOT: Exempt

  • Thought to be one of only nine ‘Le Mans’ style examples manufactured
  • Extensively restored c.10 years ago
  • Restoration work featured in Practical Classics magazine in 2001

Founded by Reginald Maudsley in Coventry in 1903, the Standard Motor Company Limited established itself before purchasing Triumph in 1945, officially changing its name to Standard-Triumph International in 1949. John Black became joint Managing Director in 1929 and invited the likes of Avon, Swallow and Jensen coachbuilders to offer bodies. During the early 1930s Avon produced sports-style cars utilising the Standard chassis. Standard production chassis units, they were tried and tested for use by others, like Avon who produced their own vehicles such as those known as the Avon Standard Specials, offering a Tourer model ideal for the enthusiast motorer, however, on a scale that Standard themselves would have found uneconomical to get involved with at the works.

Having formed part of a private collection in recent years, with occasional use and greatly enjoyed, here is an attractive Tourer, presenting very well in British Racing Green with a Black interior trim, Black double duck hood and side screens, the bodywork is still in great shape, as is the brightwork and the interior décor and trim. The body is by The New Avon Body Company Limited of Warwick - established in 1919. At the time of consignment, we were advised that the 9hp, 950cc, 4-cylinder engine was ‘running well’. A simple design ethos of the day, from Standard, makes for potential ownership that would suit many a home mechanic today, as it would have been the case back in the day. Even today, as well as offering Avon’s ‘sporty’ styling.

It is believed to be one of only nine ‘Le Mans’ style Tourers built before WWII by The New Avon Body Company Limited. Restored and overhauled some 10 years ago, the process was fully reported in a 5-page Practical Classics article, May 2001 (copy included) and is offered with some invoices. A ‘sporty’ pre-WWII classic with simple, tried and tested Standard engineering, the vendor assures us ‘ABM’ drives with ‘no known faults’. The history file includes the original owner’s handbook and instruction book, old MOTs and invoices.

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Parker


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Apr, 2023

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