Standard-Triumph launched the Herald in 1959 as a replacement for its ageing Standard 8/10 models. It bucked the trend towards monocoque construction by featuring a separate chassis to which the main tub was bolted. The one-piece front end folded forwards to provide optimum access to the engine and suspension, while all outer panels, including the roof, could be unbolted for easy repair. The design made for the ready adoption of alternative body styles and saloon, coupé, convertible, estate and van derivatives were all offered during the models 12-year reign with production numbers exceeding 300,000.
Presented in British Racing Green and having been owned by our vendor since 1992, this lovely privately owned example was fully restored between 1993 and 1999 and the history file contains all the details and photos of the ground-up restoration, beginning with a new chassis in 1993. Starley Garage, Brighton (grandson of the original Star Motor Company, Wolverhampton 1898-1932) performed the majority of the restoration culminating in a total body respray.
We are informed the car is always garaged and has covered only 4,000 miles since the initial restoration and is regularly used on sunny days and fully maintained with no expense spared. Described as mechanically extremely sound with a new blueprint Rimmer Bros engine fitted in July 2002 and with only 3,300 miles completed since, multiple upgrades carried out at this point included electric cooling fan, halogen conversion headlights, heater overhaul, replacement gearbox, differential overhaul, new twin carburettors and fittings and twin stainless steel exhaust system. Boasting a full Webasto sunroof, all internal seats and black carpeting are in excellent condition with the addition of new door and window rubber seals. The respray is now over twenty years old and the paintwork requires some attention but that is reflected in the guide price. A full list of all purchased items, continuing maintenance items and upgraded, fuel, brake and engine hoses are included. The car has excellent tyres and spare. This is an affordable, practical everyday classic, running on unleaded fuel and is easily able to keep up with today’s traffic conditions.
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