The restoration of an orphan...

I Purchased this Herald in September 2012 from the son of the original owner. It has been sitting, mostly unused, but garaged, for the past 25 years. It was driven about 29,000 miles.

The car had little rust on the body, but from sitting so long all the rubber bits have perished and the frame was rusty. To save it a total off-frame restoration is in progress.

I like the idea of preserving a car no one else has or knows about. When done another forgotten little British car will live again. It has been an experience doing this restoration and I have had to learn to keep calm and carry on when mistakes are made; when the wrong parts are ordered or sent; and the long wait for some parts. (IE the wiring harness.

It appears that the color was original; (but repainted) the interior is mostly original; the carpet and convertible top have been replaced.

Since the interior is impossible to duplicate, I had it restored instead of replaced. A new hood will be installed at the end of the project.

British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Documents

After hearing from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust it was confirmed that the car was built April 2, 1960. Convertibles were not built until March 1960 making this car one of the first built.

General Data
Technical Data

NUMBERS

vin: Y7624LCV
body: RC175
engine: Y8585HE

Links

Triumph Herald Database, Archive, Reference

Triumph Herald Tips and Tricks

Vintage Triumph Register

948 convertible restoration

Rimmer Parts Catalogue
for Herald
(PDF)

Facebook sites

Triumph Herald International

Triumph Herald Database


 

Images of the car before Restoration

Selected before and after images

Interior of Herald removed from car

week 1 - week 2
week 2.5 - week 3
weeks 4 & 5
weeks 6 & 7
weeks 8 & 9
weeks 10 &11
weeks 12 & 13
weeks 14 &15
weeks 16-19
June 2013
Sept/Oct 2013
Late Oct 2013
Nov/Dec 2013

Details

According the the Triumph car club site, there less than 50 examples of this car known to exist. This model was designed by Giovanni Michelotti who worked on a number of 60's and 70's European cars.

This car was the 175th convertible to be produced and acccording the Herald experts, Andrew Mace and Tom Herald it is tbe the second oldest Herald convertible known to still exist.

Parts Suppliers

Rarebits for Classics

Canley Classics

Rimmer Brothers

James Paddock

Victoria British

Antique Auto Battery

Specialists:

I decided to have a restoration shop complete the build as I had taken the restoration as far as I could. They have refinished the dash and will add the convertible top and complete the alignment. They are a number of other issues they will do and I hope to have the car on the road by early May.


The top frame needed professional help to straighten it out..
The Last Detail is also completing a number of tasks that had frustrated me.


The new dash looks great!


Closeup of the new textured dash


The dash was refinished in place after cracking occurred when I installed it.

............The restoration, back in Dec 2012