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Triumph Cars - The Complete Story


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Foreword and acknowledgements 1. The Quality Light Car 2. The last word in the smallest class 3. From Scorpion to Southern Cross 4. The Smartest Cars in the Land 5. The big one that got away 6. Dolomite and demise 7. War and resurrection 8. Roadster and Renown 9. Mayflower: A second American invasion 10. The sports car America loved best 11. Hark the Herald angle 12. 'Bomb' and beyond ... the Spitfire story 13. 'Sabrina' and a new TR 14. Leyland takes over 15. Triumphs for the 1970s 16. TR7 and TR8 17. Acclaim- badge engineering for a sad end TRIUMPH PREWAR PORTFOLIO TRIUMPH POSTWAR PORTFOLIO APPENDIX I Triumph derivations APPENDIX II Production factories 1923-1984 APPENDIX III Technical specifications 1923-1984 APPENDIX IV Triumph and Standard body sources 1945-1984 APPENDIX V Triumph production totals 1923-1984 APPENDIX VI Triumph car clubs Index

About the Author

Graham Robson studied Engineering at Oxford University and joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, where he was involved in design work. He became a rally co-driver, eventually joining the Sunbeam 'works' team in 1961. and rallying up to International level, until 1968. In 1961 he joined Standard-Triumph in Coventry as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car projects. He ran the re-opened 'works' motorsport department from 1962-1965, this being the period of the birth of Spitfire Le Mans cars, TR4, Vitesse, Spitfire and 2000 rally car developments. After writing magazine rally reports and working for Autocar magazine from 1965-1969, Graham returned to the industry, running the Product Proving department at Rootes. He became a full time independent motoring writer in 1972. He has now published more than 160 books, and regularly appears as a keynote speaker and commentator at many notable automotive events. Richard Langworth (CBE) has been an automotive writer since 1969, when he joined Automobile Quarterly as an associate and later senior editor. In 1975 he left to freelance, and has since written or co-authored more than 50 books and 2000 articles on automotive history. Richard graduated from Wagner College and is a veteran of the US Coast Guard. He and his wife Barbara reside in Moultonborough, New Hampshire and Eleuthera, Bahamas. They have owned ten Triumphs from a 1938 Dolomite to an assortment of Mayflowers, Renowns and TRs. In 1975, he and several friends founded the Vintage Triumph Register, and in 1978 hosted the Triumph tour of Britain.


It is hard to believe that the first edition of this book was produced back in 1978, when Triumphs were still being built. It was then updated in a second edition in the late 1980s, but this beautifully finished and presented tried edition must surely be the definitive version and the one to have - containing the facts, figures and opinions, it has also been enhanced with a rich variety of colour images. One thing that hasn't changed is that this book remains the most comprehensive history of the Triumph marque that can be imagined, beginning with the arrival of company founder Siegfried Bettman in the UK in 1884 and leading the reader through the twists and turns through sewing machines, bikes and motorbikes that culminated in the last Triumph cars a century later. With chapters on derivatives as well as appendices containing technical specifications, production totals and more, all based on meticulous research that draws heavily on interviews with many of the key figures from within Triumph, it will entertain and inform in equal measure and is sure to be an invaluable reference book in any enthusiast's library. - Triumph World. Now in it's third edition (no surprise, given that the first was published in 1978), Robson and Langworth's magnum opus charts the rise and fall of the British manufacturer from the pre-war years (Langworth's area of expertise) to the later era, where Robson takes the lead. A must for any fan of Britain's motoring past, and a superb reference on all Triumph models. It's great value, too.- Classic & Sports Car. THERE's lots to like in this look back at the British brand's history Auto Express. For both auto historians and marque fans, it is highly unlikely that the Triumph story will ever be more comprehensively or convincing told. Kieron Fennelly This is is a fitting tribute to a great British car marque told by expert authors. A triumph! Big End/All Torque It was already a book book and definitive history, but it's just got even better. tkc (Totalkitcar) Recommended. SIX appeal. it's essential if you don't already have one. Octane (UK) both a comprehensive work of reference and a thumping good read. Club Torque It is quite simply the best Triumph book ever published ... I give this book the highest possible recommendation. TR Driver

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