Standard Vanguard 1952 Hot Rod/Restomod Project For Sale

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  • Mileage 90,000
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    • Mileage 90,000
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I am listing for sale my 1952 Phase 1A Standard Vanguard saloon. It is part progressed as a restomod/ street rod project with a Rover 3. 9 V8 and ZF 4HP22 gearbox installed.
I’ll start with the bad parts:
It needs completely new floors. These were originally flat as the gearbox and drive shaft run through the chassis so fortunately shouldn’t be too difficult to fabricate. The driver’s side front wing needs new steel around the wheel arch. The passenger side is good so can be used as a template or a repair panel can be purchased through the owner’s club. The driver’s door will need a new outer skin on the lower quarter and the driver side passenger door has a part finished repair to the outer skin. You’ll need to make up exhausts, wiring loom and the interior will have to be reupholstered.
The Good:
The chassis is in very good condition and has been modified to take the front clip from a mk III Ford Cortina which means proper coil spring suspension and disc brakes with lots of upgrades available through the classic Ford community. The rear axle has been replaced with an MGB unit to match the V8 with an additional 4 link set-up. The rover 3. 9 (originally from a Range Rover) is in good condition and turns over easily. With the car is a manifold for twin HS6 or HIF 44 SU carbs. My intention was always to get it running and then worry about the performance. It is mated to a ZF 4HP22 4 speed auto with lock-out from a E30 BMW. The torque converter is included but currently not attached to the engine.
All the hard to replace pieces are there. The car has all of its glass and all of it is in good condition with the frames and trim. The dash is still there and is in good original condition with all the near impossible to replace switch gear and gauges. The seat frames are present but will need reupholstering. The radiator is with the car and holds water. I have the front bumper and radiator grille removed from the car and stored safely. Other than the front wings the steelwork is in remarkably good shape, with a nice natural patina over the roof and boot if you are a fan of that look.
The marque and model is supported by an excellent owners club that have been really helpful in providing advice and direction in the short time I have owned the car. The DVLA lists me as being the car's second owner.
This is a reluctant sale, I had been planning for a while to try and build something with an old-school look that would be a good cruiser, capable of taking me, my partner and all our luggage comfortably away for a long weekend. It doesn’t get much more comfortable than big bench seats, and nothing looks quite like the big beetle back. I have another classic that is of more sentimental value which recently tried its hand at becoming a make-shift 3 wheeler. That now needs my attention and workshop space and I just don’t have the time for 2 projects.
Please ask any questions. Sensible offers are welcome including for the car without the engine and gearbox. Thanks for looking.