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Old 10-25-2005, 09:32 AM
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Triumph Herald 1200 Convertible

Towards the end of the 1950s, Standard-Triumph were enjoying great success with their range of 2-seater Triumph sportscars which they offered alongside their range of Standard saloons. The small car in the range was the Standard 8/10, powered by a small 4-cylinder engine and competing with the Morris Minor, Ford Popular and Austin A35. However the rather dumpy looking Standard had never been a huge success, and by the late 1950s was due for an update; Standard-Triumph therefore started work on the Herald.

The Italian designer Michelotti was commissioned to style the car, and he quickly came up with designs for a pretty two-door saloon with a large glass area. The Company decided from the start that the new small car should have a separate chassis rather than a monocoque construction, even though this was beginning to look outmoded by the late 1950s. This method of construction had certain advantages, not least that different body styles could be easily substituted on the same basic chassis: accordingly, coupe, convertible and estate versions were all on offer within two years.
Access to the engine was great too, because bonnet and fenders open in one piece, from back to front.


Mechanically, the new Herald was a mixture of traditional and modern. The Standard 8's 4-cylinder OHV engine was used in 948cc form, mated to a 4 speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three gears and driving the rear wheels. The excellent steering was by rack and pinion (affording the car a 25-foot turning circle), with coil and wishbone front suspension. The rear suspension was a brand new departure for Triumph, offering independent springing via a single transverse leaf spring.

The Herald was offered in a variety of bright modern colours and number of extras were available, including twin carburettors and front disc brakes.

The car was considered easy to drive with light steering and controls, and excellent visibility.
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Old 10-25-2005, 09:37 AM
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Here's a later Herald convertible I saw a while ago, apparently still in daily use:

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