1962 TRI­UMPH HER­ALD

Ev­ery week, we give a mar­ket val­u­a­tion based on your de­scrip­tion and photos

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

This might be a bit of an odd one, be­cause the car is cur­rently still in bits. My god­mother bought this Her­ald new in 1962. She sold it to John Kip­ping (of John Kip­ping Tri­umph Spares fame) in 1982 and he gave it to me in 2004. He’d taken it with him when he em­i­grated to New Zealand, and I paid for ship­ping back to the UK. The pho­to­graph is of my god­mother in 1962 shortly af­ter buy­ing the car.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

Most. My god­mother owned it for 20 years. Then Kip­ping owned it for 22 years, and Dave Pear­son (who owns Can­ley Clas­sics, which is do­ing the restora­tion) did a par­tial restora­tion on it in about 1985. When Dave pulled it apart he recog­nised some of his own welds from 30 years ago! Weirdly enough, not much pa­per­work sur­vived, so most of what is known is anec­do­tal, hence us hav­ing ab­so­lutely no idea of its to­tal mileage.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

It is in the mid­dle of a nut-and-bolt restora­tion. When it’s done (hope­fully in April) it will be the best 1200 Coupé in the world… at least un­til I bash the paint with a petrol pump, or open the door onto the garage wall!

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

No. When fin­ished it’ll be bone stock, as per the Her­itage Cer­tifi­cate. The val­u­a­tion is moot be­cause I’ll never ever sell it. But I thought it might be a fun to find out.

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