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Relating the story of Triumph cars is complex enough, but to include all the earlier events which persuaded Siegfried Bettman to begin car manufacture in 1923 is even more so. The two authors, however – both of them experts in all things Triumph, the cars, and the political events surrounding them – have assembled and presented an enthralling story of the way the car-making side of the business came to prosper, was then afflicted by financial problems, and then rescued from oblivion by Standard in 1944. Thereafter, Triumph once again became a prominent marque, eventually dominated Standard, and (from the 1960s onwards) became an important cast member in the melodramatic events which involved Leyland, BMC and eventually British Leyland. This, however, is not merely a turbulent trawl through the historical record, for both authors were also successful in locating the important characters whose efforts made it possible for Triumph to excite the world. Along the way, the career of cars as famous as the Glorias and Dolomites of the 1930s, the Heralds, Spitfires and TRs of the post-war years, and the headline-grabbing exploits in racing and rallying build up a story which no fictional writer could have created.
From the Publisher
With an extensive set of five appendices – covering derivations, production factories, technical specifications, body sources, and production totals – you won’t need to go anywhere else for detailed coverage of the Triumph marque.
This book is a fully illustrated account of the Triumph story, accompanied by a varied collection of 250 images that includes photographs – both colour and black-and-white – as well as model studies and factory documents.
This third edition is a completely re-designed take on Triumph history. Containing meticulously researched material, images and data, it is an unrivalled volume, written by two highly qualified and respected authors.
“Even the most optimistic hands could not have known that the car they were about to spring would prove one of the most significant Triumphs of all time – the highest-selling model to that date, one destined to lay the foundation of Triumph’s future reputation as a hardy, rugged, sporting automobile. In its lighter, open-bodied forms, it would be the first model one can legitimately term a sports car. As such, it would be viewed historically as a very notable development and, in its class, one of the best – the Super Seven.”
“The Mayflower was singular – a car of great character, built by and for characters. Road tester Tom McCahill called it a slab-sided tobacco can, a geranium pot, a turnip. Those to whom it appealed nicknamed it the ‘Watch Charm Rolls,’ but others called it many worse things. Sir John Black, however, doted on the little dear, and at Standard-Triumph that was tantamount to automotive sainthood. Sir John got his come-uppance soon enough, when the Mayflower hit the American market: it sold by the half-dozen.”
Although the Herald 1200 was the first new Triumph model announced after the traumas of the Leyland takeover, the TR4 was the first really new shape the world saw in the following months. Leyland had had time to make various reassuring statements about the company’s future, and there had been the encouraging display at Le Mans to add to the good name of Triumph’s sports cars. The new TR4 car got a very friendly reception from the world’s press, even if one wag noted it as ‘Alick Dick’s last Triumph’ (the managing director had been removed from office, very suddenly, only the week before).”
“The project got under way, with the code-name Stag. This, incidentally, was an out-of-the-blue choice, for the usual security reasons, but was liked so much from the directors right down to the people who would have to sell it that the name stuck. It is the only case we know of a Triumph code-name being carried through to the production cars.”
About the authors
After a varied career in the automotive industry, including jobs at Jaguar and Standard-Triumph as well as international rallying, Graham Robson has gained a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has more than 160 books to his credit. Graham also commentates, presents and organises events of all types.
Richard Langworth (CBE) has been an automotive writer since he joined Automobile Quarterly as an associate. Since going freelance he’s written or co-authored more than 50 books and 2000 articles on automotive history. A veteran of the US Coast Guard, he has owned ten Triumphs – from Mayflowers to TRs. He and several friends also founded the Vintage Triumph Register.
Publisher : Veloce Publishing Ltd; 3rd ed. edition (12 Oct. 2018)
Language : English
Hardcover : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1787112896
ISBN-13 : 978-1787112896
Dimensions : 25.96 x 2.69 x 24.97 cm