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Triumph Herald 1200 saloon.

Regular contributor Les has sent a number of car photos in the last few years, including this one of his Triumph Herald.
The Herald was a popular little car in the 1960s, and this example dates to early in the decade, when they still had the nice big chrome headlamp surrounds. Later Heralds, known as the 13/60 and fitted with the 1296cc 4 pot engine, adopted a different style of grille, along the lines of the 6 cylinder Vitesse model, itself based on the Herald underpinnings.

2. A Herald on a camping trip.

The next photo is one I found in 2009, it shows a pre-prefix Triumph Herald parked on a campsite, with some caravans for company. This is also a 1200 (well, 1147cc) version. The registration, 163 HON, indicates a Birmingham registration, in this case a reg. dating to post-February 1963. The Herald seems to have quite a lean to it, either it is parked on uneven ground, or else a trunnion in the front suspension has given way. Thankfully the owner is a member of the AA.
Another classic Triumph Herald
The Herald was unusual in that it had a separate chassis, when most manufacturers had long since switched to monocoque construction. Triumph went down this route due to problems getting reliable supplies of a complete monocoque from outside body manufacturers. The separate chassis option gave Triumph a useful platform onto which different models could be based. The Spitfire, GT6 coupe, Bond Equipe, and Vitesse can all trace their running gear to the original Herald. The Herald was available as a 2 door saloon, a convertible, estate car, and as a light commercial in the shape of the Courier van. A 4 door version was available locally-assembled in India (the Standard MkIII).

3. A couple with their red Triumph Herald 1200.

This next shot turned up a while back, and shows a classic Triumph Herald in glorious technicolour rather than black and white, which makes a nice change. The couple are stood with their bright red - Signal Red? - Herald 1200, registration number EPF 491B. The location of this photo isn't known, although the EPF registration series was used in Surrey from September 1964 onwards. The Herald is still very shiny at the time of this photo, and shows no sign of either rust or fading paintwork (a common problem with red cars). Despite being a youthful example of the breed, the fit of the bonnet is nothing to write home about.
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A red Triumph Herald

4. An early LHD 948cc Herald in Belgium.

Jean-Marie gave permission for this photograph of his parents, with their early LHD 948cc Herald, to be included on the site. He says that the car started out painted in Spa White, but was later re-painted in Cactus Green. Eagle-eyed Herald fans will notice a couple of details that mark this out as a very early example. The first giveaway is the large centre handle fixed to the centre of the bonnet, which was soon deleted (early advertising artwork for the 1959 Herald, which features a car with the handle, can be seen here). The second is the lettering on the forward edge of the bonnet - most Heralds sport the letters "T-R-I-U-M-P-H" but the first examples instead bore the model name "H-E-R-A-L-D".
Early 948cc Herald with the bonnet handle

5. Herald at Heathrow.

Kevin emailed over this next photograph, taken by his father during a holiday to London in the 1960s. It could have been added to any one of several pages, but as the Triumph Herald is in the foreground, here it goes. The beigey-brown colour will no doubt be recognised by someone, not the most inspiring of shades but "of its time" I suppose. Slightly more colourful is the Thames 307E (Anglia-type) van parked close by, which is joined by a grey Vauxhall PA, a Bedford CA, a Commer PB minibus, and an Austin or Morris lorry. In fact there are two of these BMC commercials, the other can be seen driving along the road to the bottom left of shot. Rarest road vehicles of all are probably the Thames Trader articulated airport buses, in the livery of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
A Triumph Herald parked at Heathrow airport
A BEA (British European Airways) airport shuttle bus can be made out in the distance, approaching a BEA-operated De Havilland (later Hawker Siddeley) 121 Trident jet, one of four that can be seen parked on the apron. A Vickers Vanguard, connected to a tug, is also present.
Other motor car pics, including some from my own collection and others sent in by visitors to OCC, can be found in the car photographs section, which now runs to many pages. A more detailed write-up on the various Heralds can be found here.
A factory magazine, dating to 1962 and titled Standard-Triumph Review, can be found in the car magazines section.

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