Little Survivor: 1958 Standard Pennant

Thank you Pat L for your tip on this interesting craigslist find. The Standard may be unfamiliar to many. They were around from 1903 until 1970. Standard purchased Triumph in 1945 and became Standard-Triumph continuing to use “Standard” as a model name until 1963. This Pennant may look familiar to some as it was the basis for the Herald, which took on the Triumph name and was exported to the US and built until 1971. The Triumph TR2 was actually a standard model. This Standard is listed on craigslist in Elk River, Minnesota for $2,300.

This is the only other picture provided. It runs and drives, but needs a tire as well as some floor and interior work. If the work needed isn’t too extensive, this could be a unique and cheap driver. The Pennant has become more collectable in England and sells for about $4,500 there. There weren’t many imported making this left hand drive model rare. Without more information, it’s impossible to know what this one may be worth. These are prone to rust in the usual places and when these engines wear a bit, they are prone to bottom end knock. It looks good in these two pictures, though.

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Comments

  1. RayT Member

    David, I don’t recall S-T using the “Pennant” model name in the U.S. Perhaps in Canada? Here, I believe they were badged as “Triumphs.”

    Cute little cars, and fairly peppy even though they had only 948cc engines. This would be fun to have

  2. Jesper

    Funny good looking Standard the price seem fair.
    If im not wrong, its a faceliftet Standard Ten.
    I have a Standard Vanguard Phase II.
    It has the same engine as a TR2
    And the little gray Ferguson tractor
    4 cyl inline in 2069 ccm.
    It also drive like a tractor.
    But pretty rare.

  3. carl french

    I had thought the pennant model was the replacement for the 10. The 10 ceased in 1960. The 1960 shared the hooded front fenders with the pennant. I can definitely say I would not call my T10 Estate by any stretch but it is so much fun to drive

  4. carl french

    Forgot to post picture of ‘Timmy’

  5. Andrew S. Mace Member

    Ray is correct in that a few hundred Pennants were sold in Canada with Triumph badging, but they were not sold in the US. The Triumph 10 sedan and wagon (such as Carl’s) were sold in the US, the last of the wagons gaining the Pennant-style front sheet metal here as they did in the home market as Standard Companions. Those wagons continued on after the 10 and Pennant sedans ceased production in favor of the Herald.

  6. Andrew S. Mace Member

    I should also add that the Herald (separate body and chassis and four-wheel independent suspension) wasn’t exactly based on the Pennant (or the Standard 8 or 10, all unibody cars with live axles), although the 948cc engine and gearbox and a few other bits were carryovers to the Herald.

  7. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    I just know I’d love it to have as a baby sister to our 1956 Standard Vanguard Sportsman!

  8. Alan (Michigan)

    Seems like a not unreasonable ask for an uncommon little car that I had never heard of before.

    Thanks to BF and some great commenters, my old cars knowledge has been increased today!

    • carl french

      When I found our little estate wagon online I had never ever heard of it before. And I thought I knew most British cars. My wife took one look at the pictures and said buy it

  9. That Guy

    Looks like they added a few more pictures, including a human skeleton on the passenger seat. I’m not making this up, take another look at the ad. Apparently it was parked a long, LONG time ago…

  10. Adam T45 Staff

    Standard, yet another British brand that was absorbed by British Leyland (along with Austin, Morris, Triumph, etc.). For your information, the term “absorbed by British Leyland” is a nice way of saying “doomed”! And I have to say that the skeleton is more than a wee-bit left field and creepy!

  11. Ed Johnson

    I have found one of these and having one heck of a time finding information on it. “Winston” is going to be a fun project! If anyone has info to share hit me up. Still amazed at the Standrive… little button to control the clutch. Not sure if I am missing something but feels like 45 50 is tops for speed in this thing.

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    • Andrew S Mace Member

      Ed, I’ll be happy to help in any way I can. Feel free to contact me at herald948 at aol . com !

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