Standard started building cars as far back as 1903 and were well known for a wide range of 6 cylinder and a few 4 cylinder models. Post WW1 they went smaller and didn't build anything much bigger than a 2 1/2 litre. William Lyons had bodied many British chassis with swallow bodies, including the Big 9, and there followed the SS cars based on Standard mechanical components. From 1935 there was a a colossal choice of cars on offer including a V8. By 1948 Standard adopted a one model policy with their new Vanguard which by 1955 became unitary construction. They offered a "cheapened" austere variant in 1957 called the Ensign. By 1961 a 6 cylinder option |Vanguard was also available. In the earlier 1950's Standard had also looked at the popular smaller car market which they had ignored post war, with an 8hp, and later a more refined 10hp which was restyled into the Pennant. Production ended in 1963 but the small engine lived on in the Triumph Herald, which got developed further into the Triumph 1500, while the 6 cylinder became the engine for the Triumph 2000.