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Panel Gaps? What Panel Gaps?

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London is not all Porsches and Ferraris driven by Russian mobsters. Walk down a side street and British motoring history emerges in the shape of a Triumph Herald.

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Strolling down London’s streets with traffic coming at you from wholly unlikely directions, you very often bump into cars that don’t really exist. A soft landing into this mind-boggling maze of dead British carmakers is provided by the Triumph Herald, this example apparently someone’s daily driver.


The blue convertible is the restyled 13/60 version, introduced in 1967, with a 1.3-liter engine making 61 HP. It’s a cute little button of a car but in spite of the fancy Michelotti styling, it’s definitely an acquired taste. And it’s only when you move in closer to look at the details of 1960s British engineering that you begin to ponder the audacity of James May, who converted one of these things into a boat on Top Gear. That is, a vehicle designed to remain on top of a body of water in spite of it being heavier than water.

Had he not gone for wind power, he could well have stuffed an outboard motor in any panel gap of his choice.

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Rob Emslie

Wonderful. I've loved the Herald ever since my brother had one when I was a kid. I would dearly like to have one, or perhaps its 6-cylinder brother, the Vitesse. I saw a couple at the car show in March, here in LA, and that only rekindled my desires.

Wasn't there a 4-door Indian-built version of the Herald at some point?