60 years of the Triumph Herald

Designed by Giovanni Michelotti, the Triumph Herald first emerged onto the scene in 1959. With two doors and a modest engine, this sleek little car was designed as a space-efficient run-around, and marketed as a new experience in motoring.

The saloon had 93% all-round visibility thanks to the large glass areas, and all the panels could be unbolted from the car so that many different body styles could be fitted to the same chassis.

From 1963 to 1967, a new model Triumph Herald was offered: the Triumph Herald 12/50. It had more power than the early model, with 51 bhp instead of the 39 bhp of the original. This revised Herald also came with a sliding Webasto sun roof and disc brakes as standard.


In October 1967 the range was updated again for the London Motor Show with the 13/60 model which had a restyled bonnet similar to the Triumph Vitesse. It also had a larger engine size of 1296cc with a Stromberg CD-150 carburettor, providing much improved performance with 61 bhp.

The Herald was a successful car in its day selling well over half a million units including saloon, convertible, estate and coupe versions, as well as a van model. But by early 1970 the Herald was severely outdated in style, and although it was still selling well, the labour-intensive method of construction meant the cars were being sold at a loss. The Herald saloon lasted until December 1970 and the convertible and estate until May 1971, when production ended.

New performance-based Triumphs such as the TR5 and the Vitesse 2 litre took up the baton for the marque, but these undoubtedly benefitted from the ten years of development in the Herald. So herald the Triumph, and a happy 60th birthday!


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