With the success of the 11.6 H.P., 1598 cc SLO model, Standard wanted
to add another small car to the range. In October 1921 the model V1 was announced with an overhead valve engine
with a bore and stroke of 62 x 90 mm.
The car had a very low slung
chassis mounted on disc wheels and was probably envisaged as a successor to the 'SLS' model. Although it looked
very modern at the time and lingered in the catalogues for a year or two, only 500 were built and must go down on record
as a failure. The engine had exposed rocker gear which required lubricating with a oil-can , while the crankshaft
ran on two ball bearings. Other innovations included tubular connecting rods, aluminium pistons, coil ignition and,
as supplement to the starting handle, a hand starter was fitted near the driver's seat, consisting of a cable connected
to a rack and pinion mechanism on the front of the crankshaft.
The model was available in either 2-seater or 4-seater form at £325 as compared with £515 for the
cheapest version of the Model SLO. The small Standard probably suffered from lack of development, due to the starling
success of the 'SLO' upon which the production was concentrated.
The following photographs have recently become available, thanks to the courtesy of the Skingley family. Their
grandfather, Albert Tomlinson, is behind the wheel in the lower left hand picture. Albert Tomlinson lived in Willesden,
London and travelled to work in London.