here with Nigel of the Triumph Sports Six club
behind us is a Triumph Herald with too many doors
Nigel could you tell us what's going on here?
Thanks you Sam
yes this car is a unique prototype that was built by the factory in Coventry
in the nineteen sixties
to develop the four door design for the otherwise two-door Triumph Herald
It's unique because it never went into production in this country in fact Triumph didn't need to
produce it in the UK
because they already had
small saloons on the drawing board like the thirteen hundred front-wheel drive
it did however fit the
Indian market perfectly where there was the need for a small four-door saloon
and so went into production in india in slightly modified form as the
Are there any others in the country?
No, this is literally the only four-door Herald that you'd find
apart from possibly one or two people may have imported indian cars
but it's the only UK produced one you'll ever find
right, and I notice it's in a fantastic patinated state. What are your plans for it?
It is the archetypal
barn-find as it was dragged out of a barn
there's quite a debate going on within the club as to
what we should do with the car
restorer it and produce something that's pristine and shiny and could be displayed in a museum?
and taken around to events.
or should we simply preserve it in the as found state and
the argument really is around
would it be nice to have a display car that's all bright an new
or would it be better to simply preserve the prototype?
If we were to restore it
a lot of the original prototyping work is going to be cut up, re-done, thrown away
and the car risks becoming a replica of itself rather than a true prototype
For that reason there is a number of people who feel it would be better to preserve the car
than simply to restore it
And a lot of this car would have been handmade in the prototyping department wouldn't it?
Absolutely, yes absolutely
and that's a lot of the history of the car
So it really could be a shame to undo that work
That's a point of view that quite a few people hold.
What are your thoughts?
I can see pro's and con's for both camps
at the moment the funds are simply not available to carry out a full restoration so
for the moment the car's simply going to be preserved as it stands sad
Good stuff! So it has a stay of restoration for the time being?
That's right yes.
I think it would be nice if it stays that way