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