1963 Triumph Herald Review
Triumph Herald A Car For All Seasons — The 1147cc engine is not exactly a thrill a minute although the later model (engine prefix GD) leaps up to 50bhp, a useful addition with no loss of mpg. All triumph herald models are prone to poor handling on bends and tight corners, however this is usually a driver training problem, you must drive it sensibly and when you approach a bend you keep the power on, this keeps the wheel in negative camber which will deliver you around the bend successfully, the cars can be easily modified to change the handling characteristics. (pity Triumph didn't) I have attained 47mpg on a trip to Cornwall but 1147 models will average 30mpg it the city and 38 on a run, 13/60 models 28mpg in the city 32 on a run, and most models benefit from having overdrive fitted. The seats on early model are very basic, later 13/60 and Vitesse models have better front seats, the rear seats are ok, the van had them as an optional extra and I have never found them to be very successful. Price, well good ones are worth buying, parts are very reasonable priced, lots of suppliers, lots of secondhand and new parts available. Well maintained cars should be reliable, but it is an old car now so anything can happen, the estate and van models can carry a 5cwt load, the saloons and convertible model have a reasonable boot. Overall I would say they are a fun car with lots of personality, there is a huge club interest and social groups based around the car, depending where you live.
Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)
Pros: Lots of fun, triumph clubs and parts abound
Cons: Rust and very worn cars
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