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Sir John Black joined Standard as Managing Director from Hillman and in 1934 he had swelled the Standard Range dramatically and in that year the company produced 20,000 cars, a production record with 100 cars being produced in a single day. One of his first ideas to boost sales and the company's image was to offer a full running chassis to coachbuilders, a plan which met with considerable success. William Lyons was perhaps his most famous customer, with the Swallow Coachworks in Coventry producing the SS Jaguar built on a lowered Standard chassis. Another beneficiary of this new policy was Avon Coachworks. They had been producing in limited numbers a most attractive Standard Avon Special as early as 1929 based on the excellent 9hp running gear. In 1932 Charles Beauvais took over as Avon's chief stylist and introduced some contemporary designs and dual colour-schemes. His top of the range model was the pretty Standard Avon Coupe based on the excellent 2133cc 16hp model. Beauvais' previous role had been as art editor for 'The Motor' magazine and when they tested it in November 1932, the magazine stated "He therefore combines an eye for beauty with a full appreciation of the requirements of the practical motorist".This graceful AVON four seater is the embodiment of all that makes for comfort, performance and pride of ownership. The long low sweeping lines and studied proportions stamp this luxury car with distinction and refinement. Perfect ventilation of the interior is provided by means of 'non-draught' window vents which are operated at the forward end of each door, which ensures a refreshing interior atmosphere under all conditions. The front seats are of the bucket type and are fully adjustable, while the rear seat is accurately shaped, and will accommodate three normal people abreast.
JE 595 has charm, character and a true feel of originality. Whilst being restored, it retains the irreplaceable original door cards and the upholstery whilst aged and slightly worn in places, does appear original. Whilst cosmetic improvements can be made, many would preserve the car in its honest, beautifully aged condition and for this reason we will not be carrying out improvements until a buyer is secured. Our Avon is not a show car, but a car that is ideal for long distance touring. The 2133cc 16 HP engine is strong, powerful and is capable of 60mph without strain. The four speed gearbox feels strong, robust and pleasant to use and the general ride of the car is delightful. This is a car that needs to be driven and has a lovely patina that is so hard to replicate. The car is in strong mechanical condition and will be put through our workshop for a full service and MOT preparation once sold.
This Avon Standard presents very well with bright, older paintwork and a structurally excellent coupe bodyshell. The chrome work is generally very good and the knock on wire wheels and tyres are excellent. This Avon Coupe is a much admired, elegant shape and today is a very sought after, highly interesting motor car. These cars are now in very short supply and demand is growing. This fabulous piece of British motoring history is on the button, starting, running and driving perfectly and most certainly ready to go.