20 miles from new Triumph Herald discovery sells for £13,500


An as-new Triumph Herald 1200 with 20 miles on the clock and its original £15 1961 tax disc – the only one it has ever had – has sold for a mammoth £13,500.

The much-publicised car came from a Norfolk car dealer and was one of nearly 100 classics sold in Wymondham by East Anglia Motor Auctions at the end of last month.

The Herald had been delivered to a customer in 1961, but was bought back by the supplying dealer after her death.

When he realised that the Triumph had not been driven since delivery he decided to take it off the road officially and put it in his private collection.

The buyer of the timewarp car is said to be from overseas.


Chris Martin

And now of course, the obvious question; thirteen-and-a-half big ones and what do they do with it? Drive it and immediately lose the one thing that gives it value? Or mothball it for another fifty years?



I agree, I can never understand why someone would buy a museum exhibit like this. It cannot be used as its value will drop for every mile it is driven.  As a museum exhibit or a collectors item, it is only A Herald, and nothing that special.  I would have spent the  £13,500 on a car that could have been used and enjoyed.

Tony Merrygold

The Open Road



Or, you could look at it as a classic car that can be brought back to driving condition easily and enjoy it for a long time. Sure, the owner spent too much for it but he or she now has a car they can drive for thousand of miles without a worry - and with a big smile on their faces!

Jeff Aronson,Vinalhaven, Maine, USA




What puzzles me is where the hell is the new owner going to find a set of delivery mileage only hubcaps to fit this?!


Yes, with Tony on this - and I'm afraid I don't see it as a car that can be used without a worry. This car has not moved for 50 years, apparently. If you want to use it safely with no worries, it will need all seals and flexies replacing in the braking system, cooling hoses, tyres, etc. Wheel bearings and suspension/steering parts will most likely need dismantling and/or replacing to remove dried-up grease, the trim may well have gone brittle etc. Basically, if you were going to use it you would have to do a pretty full 'restoration' but without the bodywork problems. All things considered I'd stick it in storage or a museum somewhere as a preserved survivor, but on that basis I'd never have bought it anyway!


Buying this car is totally logical : providing that you want to own a pristine Triumph Herald.

If so, this is surely the best way of acquiring one.

It would cost a lot more than £13,500 to restore another car to this quality and a restored one would never be 100% original.

The only disadvantage is that a restored car would almost certainly be a lot better built than this original !


Saw this at the auction and it wasn't in perfect condition as it had been stored for such a long time. Corrosion was evident in some areas. In my opinion not such a good investment as it would still require work to bring it up to concourse.


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