Standard (1912 automobile)

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The Standard

The Standard was an American automobile manufactured in Butler, Pennsylvania from 1912 until 1923.


Produced by the Standard Steel Car Company, in a new factory claimed to have cost $2 million,[1] the first cars used a six-cylinder engine but from 1916 the company was among the first to offer a V-8 engine. This was rated at 29 hp with a capacity of 4.6 litres and was joined by a 34 hp unit in 1917. In 1918 both engines were replaced by a larger V-8 of 80 hp with a swept volume of 5217 cc. The company slogan was "Monarch of the Mountains" and all cars were tested on a 25-mile (40 km) route before delivery.

Later Models[edit]

In 1923 a smaller four-cylinder car was announced, but this never reached the market, and by the end of the year all car making ceased. It is estimated that total production exceeded 14,000.[1]

The company also manufactured rail carriages, and built armored cars during World War I.

The factory was later used for assembly of the American Austin.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Georgano, N. (2000). Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: HMSO. ISBN 1-57958-293-1. 
  • David Burgess Wise, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles.