Triumph Herald

Key facts

  • Year: 1960
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Capacity: 948cc
  • Cylinders: In-line 4
  • Valves: Overhead
  • Output: 38.5hp @ 4,500rpm
  • Performance: 71mph, 0-60mph 31 seconds
  • Price new: £702
  • Owner: National Motor Museum Trust
  • Manufacturer: The Standard Motor Co. Ltd
Triumph Herald 1960 On Display

Introduced in 1959, the Triumph Herald was a big contrast to the old Standard Ten that it was designed to replace. The radical design incorporated a separate chassis with bodywork styled by Michelotti of Italy. Bolt-on body panels allowed a whole range of alternative models to be produced relatively cheaply. 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.

The Herald’s modern design set the pattern for a whole range of Michelotti styled Triumphs through the 1960s. The Herald was available as saloon, coupé, convertible, estate and van versions and with a six-cylinder engine as the Vitesse. The Spitfire and GT6 sports cars shared much of the running gear. Over half a million Heralds were produced up to 1971.

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