A Century of Cars: 5. Corgi Triumph Herald Saloon
Towards the end of the 1950s,
Standard-Triumph were enjoying great success with their range of
2-seater Triumph sports cars which they offered alongside their
range of Standard saloons. However, the plain-looking but innovative
Standard 8 and 10 models were never a huge success, and by the late
1950s were due for an update; Standard-Triumph therefore started
work on the Herald.
Michelotti was commissioned to style the car, and he quickly produced designs for a pretty two-door saloon with a large glass area. Due to difficulties with their body suppliers, the company decided from the start that the new small car should have a separate chassis rather than a monocoque construction, The main body tub was bolted to the chassis, and the whole front end hinged forward to allow access to the engine. Every panel could be unbolted from the main car. This method of construction had certain advantages, not least that different body styles could be easily substituted on the same basic chassis; accordingly, in addition to the original coupé and saloon models, a van, convertible and estate versions were all on offer within two years of the release.
I passed my driving test in a Herald, they were nice cars. Small but well made and quite posh in their way.