Three more Triumph Heralds have been added to the database, all still existing albeit with different futures ahead.
First one CAS 269, a 'non-standard' livery Targo Purple & White Coupe. I use the non-standard phrase with caution as when ordering your new Triumph Herald there were always non-standard items and alterations that could be added.
I do not have the Commission number for the car, so cannot check the original colour scheme - or to confirm whether it left the factory in this colour scheme. Take a look and see what you think.
The second is currently available on ebay. Originally registered as UNT 30, but now sporting the plate of 847 UXB, a twin carb Litchfield Green Saloon. Commission number is GY899, and it has a red interior. Looking for a new owner and the chance to be restored. Lets hope this car doesn't disappear.
Thirdly, Ralph Allen from New Zealand has been in touch regarding his new acquistion, a Triumph Herald Coupe. Commission number Y999.
Currently red and white, the car will need restoring to get it back on the road. The 948cc engine has been replaced by a 1200cc unit number GA117664HE and a whole host of later additions have been added to the car, both exterior and interior. Hopefully we can track progress on here.
May 4th 2007
blast past 2000
It seems that Triumphs first export push, for the Triumph Herald 948, was for europe and, in particular Belgium.
The first car G68L (L denoting Left-hand drive) built on 27th march 1959 was despatched as a Belgian Press Car. A Powder Blue saloon, with grey vinyl interior. Also sent were G71L Alpine Mauve, G74L Red and G78L White all with uk spec vinyl interiors, then G80L Litchfield Green and White with the Imperial Cloth interior.
After the press coverage the exports started, with the majority of cars being Monaco Blue and White, again with the Imperial Cloth interior.
All were Left Hand drives. By the end of May 1959 238 Saloons had been sent to Belgium.
It would be interesting to know if any of these early Triumph Herald 948s still survived today.
June 6th 2007
Less than 300 948 Coupes were recorded as manufactured in 1961 with production stopping in June. So have a 1961 registered coupe must have been a rarity - and to have one surviving even more so. Douglas Anderson has told us about his Red and White Coupe - recently driven from its home in Dundee to 'Circuit d'Historique de Laon' in Northern France.
Its due for a rebuild to bring it to A1 but has just passed its MOT - hopefully we'll add some photos to the database very soon
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