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Herald/Vitesse

With Michelotti styling, and a slightly elevated price tag, the Herald picked up an enthusiastic following – and all that really held it back was the lack of power. In 1960, the convertible was launched, and that received a twin-carb version of the engine. This was retrospectively fitted to the saloon to perk it up a little.

The Herald Coupe, launched a couple of weeks before the saloon was reportedly what Michelotti’s Herald prototype originally looked like. Initially all Coupés were sold with a twin-carb 948cc engine, but this was increased to a single-carb 1147cc along with the rest of the range in 1961. Front discs became optional just before the engine swap. The Coupé failed to meet sales predictions and was discontinued in 1964.

The Herald 1200 arrived in 1961, and continued almost to the end of production. The 1147cc engine produced
less power and more torque, and a higher axle ratio was fitted for easier high speed cruising. Along with the larger engine, came the pretty estate and convertible versions. They were more luxurious than earlier Heralds and disc brakes were an option across the range.

Two years later, the higher powered 12/50 was launched, and pretty much instantly became the range’s best-seller. A higher compression ratio and other tweaks took power from 39 to 51bhp, disc brakes were standard, as was a Webasto sunroof. An aluminium grille and ‘12/50’ badges were the only other external giveaways – perhaps due to the availability of ther sunroof, Triumph never built a convertible version.

The final and most powerful Herald got a single-carb engine from the new front-wheel drive 1300 saloon. That makes it the most useable of the range, as they’re usefully quick and still just as easy to work on as any other Herald. A new dashboard was fitted, and more space for rear passengers was found.

But the most noticeable change is to a single-headlamp version of the Vitesse’s front end and bonnet. Saloon production ended in 1970, with convertibles and estates lasting another year.


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The cars : Triumph Herald/Vitesse

The cars : Triumph Herald/Vitesse

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Marques : Triumph Story – Part One

Marques : Triumph Story – Part One

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Gallery : Standard Gazel

Gallery : Standard Gazel

The Gazel was designed in India and engineered to use a mixture of entirely indigenous parts. This Mark II Gazel demonstrates the array of styling differences (by Nasir Hussein) that distinguish it from the earlier Herald. There were many engineering differences too, not least the use of the Toledo live rear axle. Top photo courtesy […]

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Gallery : Standard Herald

Gallery : Standard Herald

The Herald appeared on the Indian market in 1961 to replace the Standard Pennant. It went on to enjoy a long life and went through a couple of changes during it’s life. This Mark I Herald shows the use of Standard Ensign badges and Pennant hubcaps (Photograph by Mike Long) This Mark II Herald shows […]

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Marques : Triumph Story, part two

Marques : Triumph Story, part two

The full story of Triumph – from 1959, through big success, to decline and closure in 1984.

Why we love the… Triumph Herald

Why we love the… Triumph Herald

“Heraldry, what it means to me”, by Dale Turley What does the Triumph Herald mean to me? When I was a small child, my parents always changed their car more often than I changed my underwear. My earliest motoring memories were my mothers company provided and signwritten ‘Singer Sewing Machines’ Morris Mini van, and my […]

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Archive : Herald upgrades

Archive : Herald upgrades

In line with the general trend for more power, Standard Triumph announces the introduction of an engine conversion kit for the Triumph 1200 range. This comprises twin carburettors, redesigned inlet and exhaust manifolds and a new camshaft. The power output is raised, it is claimed, from 43 b.h.p. at 4,500 r.p.m. to 60.5 b.h.p. at […]

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