The cars : Triumph Acclaim development history


It was a brave new world for BL – a Honda built in the UK, but in many ways, the Triumph Acclaim represented so much more. When launched in 1981, the Acclaim was heralded as the first of a long line of Honda/Rovers, but more importantly than that, it proved once and for all that […]

Concepts and prototypes : Triumph Acclaim


The Honda Ballade came to BL in the early months of 1980, and the company planned to create a different look for the car. The sketches, penned by the BL Styling Department clearly show that the designers initially worked under the false assumption that they would be able to alter the car’s styling – as […]

Unsung Heroes : Triumph Acclaim

The Acclaim stacked up well against its rivals. But not well enough...

Billed as the car that was totally equipped to Triumph, the Acclaim was really the marque’s last chance saloon. And in the end, the Acclaim failed to bolster Triumph enough after its launch in 1981 to save it from oblivion. And as Keith Adams explains, it was through no fault of its own. The end […]

The converters : Avon Acclaim

Avon Acclaim Turbo

Ladbroke Avon put together an interesting upmarket version of the Acclaim. It was initially only made available through the Henleys franchise, before being offered to a wider audience after the Turbo was launched in 1983. As a result, the Avon Acclaim sold in small numbers – a handful of which, still survive. During 1981, Avon […]

Archive : BL seals pact for Japanese to produce first car in Britain

BL seals pact for Japanese to produce first car in Britain From our Correspondent Tokyo, Dec 27 BL and Honda today ratified an agreement under which a Japanese car will be produced in the United Kingdom for the first time. Terms of the agreement, signed by Sir Michael Edwardes and Mr Kiyoshi Kawashima, president of […]

Archive : Cowley wizard will head Honda tie-up

THE GUARDIAN COWLEY WIZARD WILL HEAD HONDA TIE UP Mr Andrew Barr. a tough 41-year-old Scot, who ran BL’s Cowley assembly plant while it became one of Leyland’s most successful factories , has landed another important job. He is to be manufacturing director for Rover Triumph. His responsibilities will include the British version of the […]

Archive : Honda takes the wheel for new Triumph

DAILY EXPRESS HONDA TAKES THE WHEEL FOR NEW TRIUMPH By David Benson British Leyland and Japan’s Honda motor company are to join forces to produce a new Triumph car, it was disclosed yesterday. Japanese designed, it will have a Honda engine and transmission and be built on licence at Canley, Coventry. But pressings for the […]