It’s so nice to see one of these cars in such an original, unmolested condition. Having had only 3 previous owners (two of which were mother and daughter), the car remains remarkably original throughout, having covered only 83,000 miles from new.
We had planned to undertake a full cosmetic restoration on the car, but decided that it’s far too clean, tidy, straight and frankly original for that – it would be a real shame to cause any loss of character or sense of history. There’s nothing worse than an over-restored car! This one is very solid indeed and as far as I can see will need no structural or body work for years to come.
The car is MOTd until 19th May 2018 (no advisories), and of course, the tax is free. By next May, the car will no longer need an MOT (don’t even get me started!), but I’m sure there would be no issues.
First off, I should mention the fantastic amount of service history the car has, which includes the original bill of sale, and letters to the supplying dealer to discuss warranty issues, the car’s first service, etc. I’ve never seen anything quite like it! The history includes lots of old MOTs, tax discs, parts and maintenance bills throughout (see pictures below).
Bodily, the car is nice and solid. The gaps are good (see pictures) and the doors shut with a nice ‘clunk’. It’s been painted in cellulose which polishes up really well, but don’t expect concourse-level show car finish. Don’t get me wrong, it’s just not a car that has been tarted up. It’s very presentable indeed and would most certainly not shame itself at car shows. There are areas of stonechips etc that have been touched up, and a bit of microblistering on the nearside rear wing thanks to a bit of moisture under the paint (not rust blisters), but as you can see from the pictures, it looks great. If you’re looking for a really authentic-looking classic, then this might just be the one for you.
All panels appear to be nice and solid (including bonnet). The chassis is in good order, and is strong and solid – the door gaps would show otherwise if it wasn’t!
The interior is in very good order indeed – the wooden dash, door cards, carpets etc have all been restored or replaced. It’s nice that original features such as the Stanpart static seatbelts remain. A new soft-top roof has been fitted in more recent years, and is in excellent order – it looks to have barely been used! A hood cover is included. Electrics wise, everything works just as it should.
The engine runs beautifully, ticks over quietly and smoothly, and does not overheat or use excessive amounts of oil or water. I’ve checked the compressions and they are all as they should be. The gearbox is lovely and smooth, with a very positive action, and does not jump out of gear. It rides very nicely indeed (for a Herald!) and as far as I’m aware requires no major mechanical work.
In recent years the car has had a new stainless steel exhaust system, shock absorbers, clutch and brake master cylinders, radiator, thermostat, water pump, battery… the list goes on and on! The engine bay is very clean and tidy, as you can see in the pictures.
The tyres have been replaced relatively recently and have plenty of tread remaining, and it’s just ready to drive away. I think the pictures give a good representation of the car’s overall condition (flattering the paintwork slightly, I’d say, but once you zoom in on them you will be able to spot the touch-ups etc). It is not hiding any horrors. So many of these cars get ‘tarted up’ to sell, but this simply isn’t one of them.
The car is priced very competitively for a quick sale, to cover my costs of purchase etc – don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Also included is a boot full of spares.
Here for sale is my 1971 TRIUMPH HERALD CONVERTIBLE.
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