Standard Vanguard Vignale
Phase III face lift
|Production||1958–1961 26,267 made|
|Body style||4 door saloon 4 door estate car 2 door coupe utility (Australia) 2 door panel van|
|Engine||2088 cc Straight-4|
|Transmission||Four speed manual Overdrive optional automatic|
|Wheelbase||102 in (2,591 mm)|
|Length||172 in (4,369 mm)|
|Width||68.5 in (1,740 mm)|
|Height||60 in (1,524 mm)|
A face lift of the Phase III was designed by Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti and coachbuilders Vignale in 1958 and introduced for the October 1958 Earls Court Motor Show. The windscreen and rear window were deeper and the door windows received stainless steel frames. There was a new front grille and rear light clusters. A floor change for the four-speed manual gearbox was now an option to the standard provision of a three-speed with column change. Either option could have an overdrive added.
The car had bench seats front and rear covered as standard in Vynide with leather as an option on the home market and cloth for export. A heater and, unusual for the time, electric screen washers were factory fitted but a radio remained an option.
A Vignale with overdrive was tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1959. They recorded a top speed of 82.8 mph (133.3 km/h), acceleration from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 20.8 seconds and a fuel consumption of 28.0 miles per imperial gallon (10.1 L/100 km; 23.3 mpg-US). The test car cost £1147 including taxes of £383.