Value My Clas­sic

WHO Peter Trow MILES 13,315 PROVE­NANCE His­tory from new MODS Di­aphragm clutch HOW MANY LEFT 20 on road

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

The val­u­a­tion you placed on a Mi­nor van re­cently got me think­ing about the value of my much rarer Tri­umph Courier 5cwt van. Per­haps it may fund my re­tire­ment in Monaco or the Cay­man Is­lands! I got it 30 years ago as a straight swap for my Ma­rina 7cwt van – the seller was look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle big­ger and more prac­ti­cal. It was in a bad way, hav­ing suf­fered an un­der­bon­net fire and rot in all the usual places, but I had just spent four years restor­ing a TR4 and was game for another chal­lenge. That re­sulted in a two-year body-off restora­tion.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

I am aware of the ve­hi­cle’s com­plete his­tory. I’m the third owner, be­cause the first own­ers were an el­derly cou­ple in Great Sh­ef­ford. When one gave up driv­ing the other took over own­er­ship. The chap I bought it from also lived in Great Sh­ef­ford, so it hadn’t trav­elled far be­fore I got it. I’m con­fi­dent that the stated mileage is cor­rect.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

Ev­ery item on the car was dealt with dur­ing the restora­tion and there is still noth­ing that needs at­ten­tion now.

HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED?

Only in that when I had the en­gine on the bench, I took the op­por­tu­nity to fit a di­aphragm clutch of the type that was used in later Her­alds. It’s so much nicer than the com­pres­sion spring-type to op­er­ate. I’ve also fit­ted a ra­dio/ cas­sette player, which I hope re­flects the Six­ties era closely enough.

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