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Standard Vanguard - 153 (40E)
Another of those irresistible organic motors from
the early fifties, you just cannot help touching and stroking that
smooth, rounded shape. The Vanguard though was quite a ground-breaking
car marking the return of the Standard brand after the second war. Dinky
cheated slightly with the model. This is the later version which was
called the Phase II, The original Dinky was the Phase I model which had
enclosed rear wheels, On the Phase II the rear wheels were opened up and
that is represented here in the later Dinky model. However there was more
to the Phase II than wheel arches. The profile of the car changed and it
was given a defined boot. Dinky chose to ignore this change. The Phase
III Vanguard is represented by the Corgi model from the late fifties.
The Vanguard had one more facelift after the Corgi version on the later body shape, which was styled very nicely by Vignale at the end of the Fifties, before disappearing for ever in 1963, replaced by the Triumph 2000.