STANDARD Vanguard I
With its modern beetle-back styling, the Vanguard replaced Standard’s entire range of pre-war offerings in one go – there would be no more small cars from Standard until 1953. A full six-seater with a split windscreen, it introduced the world to the tough wet-liner four-cylinder engine that would go on to power everything from Triumph TRs to Ferguson tractors. Now-rare estate model was introduced in 1950, and all get a lower bonnet line and larger rear window from October ’51. Try and find one with overdrive – it makes a big difference to fuel consumption.