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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.
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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!

July 2016: Book number 128 was despatched and arrived just in time for Fathers Day. Hopefully some books can go to Triumphfest - the TSSC meet, this year it is at Santa Pod (The old Stafford International Show) Read more here...
NEW convertible: Y19808LCV in the US.
Car updates include the confirmation of the commission of ZHG508, a great story from Vince Eager and his two coupes UCJ993 and 4970BY. Thanks too to Grant Cox who has sent through a number of original numberplates of cars that have been re-registered. Very often the current owner is not aware of the original numberplate that the car was issued with when built. Some cars we then have older photographs of where the car was wearing its original plate and a later - the car is the same! Some examples include: 339UXO which was originally 961WML, 100PTD which is now PSL599 and EAS 997 which has replaced the original plate of 559 FTT. A couple of convertibles too have revealed their original numberplates thus indicating their original area of first delivery: GSL 401, a convertible now in Finland, was originally GEO 186 from Barrow-in-Furness.

The other convertible was originally a saloon and it's the final piece to the puzzle confirming, beyond doubt the car was a saloon. The car APA 477A was originally registered as the rather nice plate of 95RPA in Surrey. Datewise, correctly asthe original saloon G46887 pre-dating the build of the convertible Y19658CV, it was falsely being associated with.

A period photo of 618MVT in Liverpool and a Herald S logbook for 281VTW complete the update for July.
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Production Figures
948cc Saloon: 86,129
948cc Saloon S: 6,577
948cc Coupe: 15,157
948cc Convertible: 8,258
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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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