When I was a youngster (a very youngster!) our next door neighbour's son had a black Triumph Renown (Razor Edge). It's registration plate was JVO 10. Adrian Howard's Dad drove a Vauxhall 10. It's registration plate was FXY 333. That was 60 years ago. Don't, however, ask me what the registration number of my MX5: I've only had it since 2006! This must tell you something about me but I'm not sure what.
I was reminded of this when I saw a 1949 Triumph Renown parked at the repair garage I use in Napier.
I included the last photo despite not being able to get one without the reflections to show the beauty of the dashboard. Bench front seats were common then too. The gear lever was a 3-speed column shift and the shift mechanism and engine were the same as in the Standard Vanguard Phase II that I learned in ten years later.
The car driving along which can be seen through the windscreen is a fairly common sight in Napier. New Zealand must have the highest per capita ration of veteran and vintage cars in the world.