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Triumph Reviews

Triumph was a relatively late entry into the arena in 1923, but the company had been a successful producer of motorcycles since 1901. The entry into car production was facilitated by the purchase of the recently defunct Dawson factory in Coventry and soon, the first Triumph road car was launched, the 1.4-litre Triumph 10/20. In 1934, Donald Healey joined the company as chief experimental engineer and he pushed ahead with the two-litre, eight-cylinder, double overhead camshaft Dolomite sports car.

On the eve of the War in 1939, Triumph was declared bankrupt and it was not until 31 December 1945, that The Standard Motor Company, paid £75,000 for the Triumph name (and goodwill). Now, Triumph amounted to little more than a defunct nameplate owned by the Standard Motor Company. Once production resumed, all subsequent Triumph badged cars built at the Standard factory in Canley. Triumph saloon car production faltered in 1955, when the Razor-edged Renown saloon was phased out (but Canley was still occupied with the production of Standard Eights, Tens, Vans, Pickups and Companions). The Triumph side of the business did not really pick up again until Standard’s replacement for the Eight – the unconventionally engineered Triumph Herald – was launched.

Good: Razor edged styling will have looked ultra-modern in 1946
Bad: Today, they look a bit weird.
Good: Styling that won't be confused for anything else, and packed full of character
Bad: Less than sparkling to drive
Good: Beginning of a legendary sports car line, and extremely fun
Bad: Rock hard ride, poor brakes if unmodified
Good: Beautiful shape, quick and fun to drive
Bad: Like all early TRs, a demanding car to restore
Good: No more sidescreens
Bad: Styling lacks the minimalist appeal of its predecessors
Good: Six-cylinder power adds drama and noise
Bad: US versions were considerably slower
Good: Exciting to drive
Bad: Harsh ride, hairy chested image
Good: Beautiful
Bad: Does it really offer anything over a standard TR3A?
Good: Brilliant parts availability and specialist back-up, good to drive, and easy to work on
Bad: Rot is a killer, and even good ones tend to look tatty thanks to poor panel fit and drab colours
Good: Six cylinder engine sounds great and gives the Herald-based car reasonable performance
Bad: Still encumbered with all the niggles that cheapen the Herald ownership experience
Good: Sweet to drive, fun and good value for money, with brilliant club and specialist back-up
Bad: A bit fragile, and a clean body can hide lots of below-the-surface corrosion
Good: Roomy and smooth, good to drive, with much upgrade potential
Bad: A bit fragile, and the bodywork needs constant attention
Good: A great first-time classic, and one that's both good to drive and easy to get parts for
Bad: Shabby built and paint, hard to make them look good due to some poor paint colours
Good: Fun to drive, and stylish baby E-type
Bad: It's cramped inside, and make sure you take care in the wet
Good: Wonderful soundtrack, great styling, brilliant parts support, and room for four.
Bad: Make sure any engine rebuilds or body restorations have been done properly
Good: Interesting styling, roomy interior, lots of specialist back-up
Bad: Unmodified examples aren't that great to drive, TR8 is rare here with lots of 'fakes'
Good: Reliable, fun to drive, nippy and economical
Bad: Cramped inside, rust, doesn't exactly feel like a Triumph
Good: Impressive chrome headlight and chrome radiator grille front.
Bad: Curiously wide at the rear to accommodate a bench seat in the cab and a dickey seat in the rump.
 

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