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Pint Sized Sedan: 1959 Triumph Standard 10

Small, efficient, and capable of hauling an “entire” family, this neat little Triumph is solid, and would make for a great space efficient classic. What is a space efficient classic? Well, it’s a cool old car that doesn’t take up much space for those of us that don’t have our dream 33 car garage. Those that live in downtown sectors are pressed for space, so the thought of a classic is a dream, more than a reality. This little Triumph Standard 10 is a sleek small car, with wire wheels, and is a fraction of the cost of a Mini in the same condition. Described as 99% complete, and appearing as so, this small classic is offered at $1,800. Find it here on craigslist out of Sacramento, California.

The small and humble 948cc 4 cylinder engine isn’t powerful, but it certainly is a gas sipper. The condition of the drivetrain is not listed, but this little power plant looks clean enough, and likely needs nothing other than a tune up, and some fresh fluids.  There is some dust covering the engine, so it would be safe to assume this little Triumph has been sitting a while.

Unfortunately there are no detailed photos of the interior, but the exterior shows well. There is little rust present on this Triumph other than some surface rust on the hood, and there appears to be a tiny bit of rot on each lower corner of the trunk lid. Otherwise the paint appears original, with some shine remaining. The glass, and chrome, look very nice needing only to be cleaned and polished. The wire wheels look lovely on this small British fellow, almost giving a hint of a racer look. I have always wanted to do up one of these small 50’s era British cars with a period correct race livery, and some period correct modifications. This Triumph Standard 10 would be a great restoration project, but as mentioned before, it would be a great small and affordable project for those lacking the garage space. Do you have enough space for this little Triumph in your garage?


  1. Dave Wright

    Brian…..or should I ask Jamie……is this the same body as the Riley 1.5? Looks similar.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Nope, just similar 50’s/60’s British styling!

  2. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    This one’s been for sale for a while:

    August 2015–

    December 2015–

  3. Daniel Wright

    Reminds me a bit of the Hindustan Ambassador…I spent quite a bit of time in those as a passenger years ago. Those were based off of a 1950’s Morris Oxford and were very tough little cars.

  4. duke

    this seller needs to learn how to take pictures and what to take pictures of—-terrible

  5. Mike H. Mike H

    “Well, it’s a cool old car that doesn’t take up much space for those of us that don’t have our dream 33 car garage.”

    What? Your dream garage only has spaces for 33 cars?

    Dream bigger. My dream garage looks suspiciously like Jay Leno’s, only larger yet.

  6. Howard A Member

    While I don’t care for wire wheels, got to admit, they make the most mundane car look good. Be great for the back alley’s of Europe. I-80, not so much.

  7. Paul B

    A few of these are left in Europe — and in Cuba, where I saw this derelict one in Havana recently waiting for yet another life at the hands of an inventive mechanic. It’ll probably emerge from its slumber with a Japanese Diesel truck engine and transmission.

  8. Paul B

    Now maybe it’ll let me post the photo. Failed the first time.

  9. Paul B

    Third and final try.

  10. Gary

    The carburetor is almost as big as the engine!

  11. JagManBill

    My wife will be very thankful this is not close by…

  12. Scooter Member

    This TR10 has been pepped up some. Not the stock intake and carb, not the stock wheels. Looks like someone robbed a Spitfire. Still as Howard A says, makes the most mundane of cars look up a notch.

  13. Andrew S. Mace Member

    This poor thing has been making the rounds of eBay and such off and on since 2009! The pictures in the CL ad appear to be pretty much the same ones from last fall’s eBay auction. BTW, the engine is at least a 1296cc Spitfire engine, and the wire wheels almost certainly are also from a Spitfire. It all looks decently straight and solid, but who knows what lurks underneath?

  14. Quentin

    These wee cars were very popular in 1950s Britain; First known as the Standard 8 and later the Standard 10, which evolved into the Standard Pennant: A station wagon version was known as the Standard Companion.
    There were even panel van versions and a (rare) pick-up too. While I believe very few found their way to the USA, they were manufactured under licence in India….they certainly found their way around the world ! (I remember seeing one cheerfully chugging along on St Kitts 30 years ago)

  15. Wayne S.K.

    That is one neat little car. Would that I had seen this 20 years ago…

  16. Ian

    They are quite easy to tune as well…..and are popular in retro racing here in the UK….as they were when they were current
    I’m sure the cloub could advise…….then you could run circles round the 4X4s and
    big pickups !

  17. Bob Mitchell

    I have one of these that is completely restored and have had as much fun with it as I have had with several of my other better known cars. That being said, I can confirm what you already know – you will be upside-down the first time you take a wrench out of your toolbox.
    I certainly am, but still “do what needs to be done” to keep mine up and running.
    On that subject, I would consider buying this car as a parts car if the seller will contact me.
    Oh, by the way, the body only bares a slight resemblance to a Riley 1.5 – but nothing more.

  18. Richard Leja

    Is this car still for sale? I have one that I can use for parts. Mine needs a motor if you know anyone that has one. Been looking for quite awhile.

    • JagManBill

      Richard – will an 1147 from an early Spit fit? Might be your best bet

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