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Welcome to the Triumph Herald Archive

1959 was a key year in the motoring world, seeing the launch of the Austin Mini, the Ford Anglia and the Triumph Herald. Over 100,000 948 Triumph Heralds were made from 1959 and beyond its production life of 1961 with knock down kits being exported around the world. The 948 Triumph Herald was available as a Saloon and a Coupe, then later as a Convertible.

Styled by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti, the Triumph Herald was an exciting design and introduced many new developments, such as all round suspension, whilst using traditional methods of a rigid chassis. Launched in the Spring of 1959, the Triumph Herald was warmly welcomed with the opening bonnet for accessibility and incredible turning circle proving a hit with the motoring journalists of the day.

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Not many Triumph Herald 948s now exist, with the Triumph Vitesse and later larger engined Triumph Heralds (1200 and 1360) being found in far greater numbers. This site is a tribute to the early Triumph Herald and an opportunity to find out more to what happened to all the cars - how many DO exist (DVLA have the figure around 300) and what happened to the cars that have not survived. Triumph Herald 948 owners, both current and previous, are encouraged to contribute to this site to build a comprehensive archive to the car. No accurate figures seem to exist, with official sources constantly changing with the discovery of 'new' Triumph Herald 948's found. Who knows perhaps one day we will be able to account for every car produced, but we cannot do this without your help and support. So if you do (or did) own a Triumph Herald 948, tell us about it. Good experiences, bad experiences, anything you can do to help the database grow - and as a thank you we have produced a Triumph Herald game for you to enjoy.

The key reasons for the Triumph Herald Website and areas of interest are:

Since has started we have had a fantastic response from owners from around the globe, ex employees (and their families) from Standard Triumph and many NEW items of information added, to record the cars introduction. We hope with your help the website will continue to flourish and find out more information in the future; with your help and input.

Triumph Herald book Triumph Herald illustrated development and launch timeline book now available.
NEW Limited Edition book - CLICK HERE

The database needs your help in compiling a listing of all the Triumph Heralds produced. A mammoth task so, we are firstly concentrating on early Triumph Herald 948 examples. If you can help us we'd love for you to get involved - get in touch with any memories, info, photographs of 948cc saloons, coupes or convertibles.

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We are especially looking for any information on existing 948cc Triumph Herald saloons, coupes and convertibles (in any condition, full or part cars), ex owners of 948cc Triumph Heralds long gone and any ex Standard Triumph employees or their families. Help us build the information and share it with everyone!

Jan 2017
Year End Summary.
2016 saw an increase in both period photos and info on cars that are no longer with us and also vehicles that are still around. The condition of the existing cars varies widely with a concern that still a large percentage are in poor condition and are subsequently scrapped. 2016 saw a couple of listed cars scrapped, which amazingly, included a UK convertible.

Jan 2016 saw 6,288 cars in the database with that figure at 6,348 by the end of the year - an increase of 60 cars.We continued the 'Update' news feature on the website which lists each addition to the database, complete with a live link to the individual car listing. This works well.

Revenue from Google adverts on the website have really tailed off due to perhaps more ad blockers being used. Despite the 'more that obvious - click here to help the site' not many people actually do!

Our book 'Trauma at Triumph' has been received very well from the launch back in May. The 164th copy has been shipped out today at the time of writing. Copies of the book have been sent all around the world. We considered a stand at the MG/Triumph show at Stoneleigh to sell the books (with a number of spares too) this year but this will not happen. We took some books to the TSSC show at Santa Pod last year but the show was a little fragmented, didn't really have any serious footfall (Saturday) frequented by rain and we didn't really offer any for sale.

The physical archive has developed once more, over the year, with several rather nice findings including a car roof sales board from Princes of Loughbough, period illustrations, original technical drawings and a number of period photographs and printed material. None of these items end up on the website however, they are often documented on our Facebook profile.

Period material sent through has extended our Herald rally archive for which plans and initial stages have been started for a rally book.
We now have enough photographs for a complete 1958 - 1964 era Triumph prototype book, for which a draft cover was produced. We have a number of very details photos of the TR4, Conrero, Herald, GT6, Spitfire, Vitesse plus a number of weird and wonderful creations that never made it past the design/buck stage - at least I say that, then I find a photo of a period registered car!!

2016 we set up the website - primarily to document and organise the history of VDL634, this has been extended and will eventually include details of ALL 948 convertibles and will run in tandem with the main site. As a WordPress powered site 948 convertible owners could, in theory, access their own car info adding details and new info accordingly. remained untouched in 2016 and all links simply point to the main site.

Over Christmas 2016, we discovered a number of cars not contained in the database, enabling the archive to expand straight away in 2017, which is great news. These cars are a healthy mix of both period and existing cars.
6,348 Cars in Database

New for 2017:
Standard Triumph Ex-employees
Calling all ex-Standard and Triumph employees and their families.
We are hoping to document EVERY employee from the Standard, Triumph and BL factory sites in Coventry. From the very start to the very end - we want to hear from you!

Head over to and fill in a name, service dates and department. You can even list what you worked on, or any memories you have; you can write as much or as little as you'd like. List your colleagues names too to build the archive. You can post an entry on behalf of a family member too. Make yourself a cuppa and please spend five minutes adding a detail or two.

The register hopes to build a lasting archive of all the workers at this great company.
Remembering the Good Old Days, Today!

You can message me details, write directly on the site, or email
More details on the site. Thank you.


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Production Figures
948cc Saloon: 76,860
948cc Saloon S: 6,577
948cc Saloon TC: 11,392
948cc Coupe: 15,157
948cc Convertible: 8,258
Total: 118,244
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The story of the Triumph Herald is fascinating, from its proving run through Africa to the Rallies of Monte Carlo, RAC and Tulip. Yet, today most of the stories and details regarding the Triumph Herald have been lost. This site is focusing on the era 1959 - 1961 and collating an archive of every 948cc car built, where they were exported to and snippets of information sent through from enthusiasts, Standard Triumph employees and their families.

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