Price: - Item location: Portland, Oregon, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Triumph
- Model: Herald
- Type: Convertible
- Year: 1967
- Mileage: 52,045
- VIN: GB27989 LCV
- Color: Green
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1967 Triumph HeraldThis 1967 Triumph Herald has been a labor of love. I bought this car the first year I opened my shop British Motor Care. The Triumph was located one block away from my house and had been sitting in a barn since 1982. When I found it, the rear diff was removed. I guess the story is: the owner couldn't source a replacement. Other items that were missing: the passenger seat, trunk prop-rod, and the convertible top was mostly shreds.
There was a learning process with this Herald. First thing I learned: Triumph Herald seat frames are nearly impossible to come by, so I did some figuring and started modifying a Morris Minor seat frame to fit the Herald specific seat track. The next item that posed a real problem was matching the rare interior color called Cactus (pale green). I reached out to Newton Commercial in the UK (the original supplier of Herald interiors) Newton Commercial doesn't supply the Cactus color because it is too rare an option. So I reached out to a few upholstery shops and found one that could color dye the seat Cactus. During the rare color material search I was able to source a convertible top and clean up all the bits that allow such a large top to function.
The easy part of the restoration was the mechanical repairs. The Triumph Herald shares just about every part that makes it stop and go with a Triumph Spitfire (one of the most popular sports cars of the 60's and 70's.) We rebuilt the differential, the brakes, replaced the transmission shifter assembly, cleaned up the wiring harness, and rebuilt the carbs. Just like that the Herald was a runner driver. What a benefit of 35 years in a barn can do for a car!
The Herald (along with just about every other car from the 60's) is well known for rust issues. This car was somebody's baby, It had a re-paint sometime in the 70's (so the bodywork isn't beautiful) but the underside is in amazing shape. The floor panels are the best I've seen on a survivor Triumph.
The following list is all the items I purchased for the car.
287.96 4 new tires
331.29 Kip Motors tail light assembly and wheel cylinders
154.92 Rear brakes/diff bits
119.20 Brake hoses
109.77 Shocks and electronic ignition
4.00 radiator cap
114.83 brake and clutch hydraulics
28.18 shoe hold down bits
30.90 rear drum turning
44.26 rear diff
15 oil filter
8.24 brake fluid
5.00 paint supplies
75.64 Air filters, bearings, hoses
7.19 rust neutralizer
14.69 carb cleaner
89.00 Ott's friction front drum work
253 Convertible top
300 install top by NW interiors
1,350 seat rebuild
120 Fuel gauge rebuild
8.95 rubber seals top to body
120 battery/hardware, cleaner
280 carpet kit
$3900.00 total in parts, not including weeks of labor: cleaning, painting, and general improving
Other facts: This Herald had a 1300 engine installed with dual SU carbs in the past. I have a stock 1200 engine/transmission with the factory correct single carb. (if you are interested in going slow)
I'm happy I saved such a rare car and I'm hoping to "break even" on it. Check out British Motor Care's reviews on Yelp, Facebook, or Google. I've worked hard for all of the 5 star reviews, I want another satisfied customer for the first car to be sold on eBay. Thanks!