1962 TRIUMPH HERALD
Every week, we give a market valuation based on your description and photos
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.