Papers of the Standard Motor Company Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes of directors' meetings, and of general meetings (to 1922), 1903-1976; Standard Motor Company Board meeting files of the Company Secretary, 1959-1970; Board meetings minutes, 1908-1912; General Meetings; 1923-1970; Attendance books and registers, 1912-1928; Executive Directors' meetings minutes, 1950-1958; Triumph Motor Company (1945) Ltd., minutes, 1945-1970; Standard Motor Company (1959) Ltd. minutes, 1959-1971; Standard-Triumph Engineering Ltd. minutes, 1960-1973; Standard and Triumph Sales Ltd. minutes, 1946-1975; Triumph motors executive meeting minutes, 1971-1973; Rover Triumph Advisory Board minutes, 1971-1975; Standard Motor Co. Ltd. Employees' Special Fund; minutes, 1952-1965; Rover Triumph Management Operating Committee; minutes, 1973.

Printed Report & Balance Sheet series, 1913-1960; Specimen share dividend circulars, 1922-6, 1932; Group of Standard-Triumph International Ltd. financial forecast and analysis files, 1960-1966; .

Standard Motor Company Ltd./Standard-Triumph International, subject files, 1913-c1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Standard Motor Company was founded in Coventry in 1903 by Reginald Walter Maudslay. By 1924 the company had a share of the market comparable to Austin, but by the late 1920s profits had fallen dramatically due to heavy reinvestment, a failed export contract and poor sales of the larger cars. John Black joined the ailing company and by increasing productivity, masterminded the huge success of the company in the 1930s. Standard acquired Triumph in November 1944. The company was renamed as The Triumph Motor Company (1945) Ltd. In 1959 the name was changed to Standard-Triumph International, in 1965 Leyland took over Standard Triumph, in 1965 the name was changed to Standard-Triumph Motor Company, and in 1970 to Triumph Motor Company. Standard ceased production in 1963 although Standard engines were used to power Triumph models. Standard engines were also used in some Jaguars up to 1948.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection; British Motor Manufacturers 1894-1960 ( Accessed ; A Brief History of The Standard Motor Company ( Accessed August 2002.


This collection forms part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive (MSS.226).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

A 30 year closure period applies to this collection.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1984.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file level is available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website at:

Authority records exist for Standard Motor Company Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2333); Triumph Motor Company Ltd., (GB 152 AAR2334); Standard-Triumph International (GB 152 AAR2335); Standard-Triumph Motor Company (GB -152 AAR 2336); Triumph Motor Company (GB 152 AAR2337).

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for publication of deposited material or the result of research based on it should be made to the Trust. The Trust reserves all rights to commercial exploitation and commercial publication. Please contact the Centre's staff for further details.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds the papers of other companies which form part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive. These include papers relating to the Standard Motor Company and its successors: Mulliners Ltd., MSS.226/ST/M; Mulliners (Holdings) Ltd. MSS.226/ST/MH; Standard Tractor Company, MSS.226/STR; and the Forward Radiator Company Ltd., MSS.226/ST/F.

Technical materials and some business records are retained by the BMIHT. Technical enquiries should be made direct to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Archives and Information Service, Gaydon, Warwickshire.