An unusual and early Triumph Herald 'S' For Sale (1961)
1961 Triumph Herald 'S', first registered in Stratford upon Avon in May 1961.
She is 56 years old and is a tad slow off the mark by modern standards, (a problem known to many classic car owners I believe.....) but she is well behaved and gets you to your destination eventually !
A potted history.
The Herald was sold from 1959 in 948 and 1200cc guises in saloon, convertible and estate/van configurations.
The Herald 'S' variant was introduced in March 1961, its 948cc engine developing around 34 bhp which was adequate for the time. It was offered in saloon form only with a lower equipment level (entry level; no radio, washer bag or heater - all sold as optional extras !) and less chrome than the standard Herald. Carpets were replaced by rubber matting !
The 948cc Herald Coupe and Convertible models were discontinued in 1961, the 948cc Herald Saloon in 1962 and the Herald 'S' soon after.
The production run of around 100,000 948cc vehicles worldwide with the 'S' being the smallest volume produced of around 7,500. There are believed around 11 roadworthy (mot's/sorn) 948 'S's in the UK with the worldwide total believed to be around 35 models left in total.
A percentage of these will be none standard due to people replacing the underpowered 948 engine with a variety of 12/50, 13/60, and 1600 engines
For her previous Mot there were no advisories and just prior to that I had electronic ignition fitted purely for ease of driving (although I have retained the old points and coil).
I will put a new MoT on her when sold. Current mileage is 64k and believed to be correct from information gleaned from previous owners.
The previous owners freshened her up and had her resprayed in her original colour - Wedgewood blue prior to me buying her although the respray won't (in my view) win any awards it is however, reasonable. I consider her to be 7 or 8 out of 10.
The engine was removed and rebuilt (re-ground crank, replaced shells etc) around 10 years ago and runs beautifully.
With the original car having had rubber mats instead of carpet these have been replaced by carpet since the rubber mats are sadly not available these days. The dash is the black fibre board type which is in reasonable condition, this is also not available these days.
I have the original steering wheel but in the past a more sporty leather Momo steering wheel has been fitted from a Spitfire.
A period type radio is fitted but is not attached to speakers.
The car is fun to drive and garners the usual smiles and comments, being instantly recognisable for what it is: an Italian styled British motoring Icon.
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