Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Classics at Beaulieu: 1960 Triumph Herald

1960 Triumph Herald
Photo by Kate Tompkins
This is not the car I think of when someone says “Triumph.” In fact, I’d never even heard of it before. However, there are lots of details, including rally history, a database of known existing cars, and old commercials aimed at both consumers and dealers, on the www.triumphherald.com website.

A few basic facts: Built in Coventry by the Standard-Triumph Company, the Herald first appeared in 1959 as a replacement for the Standard 10, and was manufactured right through to 1971. Seems about 500,000 or so were produced over that time period, many of which were exported, some in “complete knock down” form to be assembled at satellite factories elsewhere.

The model at the National Motor Museum has a four cylinder 948 cc engine putting out 34.5 bhp at 4,500 rpm (later cars had bigger engines). It would do 71 mph, though I’m not sure I’d care to try it. At £702 pounds new, it would certainly have been affordable. According to the plaque in front of it, “The Herald had a tiny turning circle of 25 feet whilst the independent rear suspension produced handling that was praised by some and feared by others.”

[SOURCES: http://www.triumphherald.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_Herald]

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