The distinguished 130-year history of the Triumph company from original pedal cycles, to the first Triumph cars, and then every model up to the end of production. The authors reveal the in-house politics of the company, its design and engineering achievements, competition activities, and its international sales and marketing success.
Relating the story of Triumph cars is complex enough, but to include all the earlier events which persuaded Siegfried Bettman to begin car manufacture in 1923 is even more so. The two authors, however - both of them experts in all things Triumph, the cars, and the political events surrounding them - have assembled and presented an enthralling story of the way the car-making side of the business came to prosper, was then afflicted by financial problems, and then rescued from oblivion by Standard in 1944. Thereafter, Triumph once again became a prominent marque, eventually dominated Standard, and (from the 1960s onwards) became an important cast member in the melodramatic events which involved Leyland, BMC and eventually British Leyland. This, however, is not merely a turbulent trawl through the historical record, for both authors were also successful in locating the important characters whose efforts made it possible for Triumph to excite the world. Along the way, the career of cars as famous as the Glorias and Dolomites of the 1930s, the Heralds, Spitfires and TRs of the post-war years, and the headline-grabbing exploits in racing and rallying build up a story which no fictional writer could have created.
Graham Robson studied Engineering at Oxford University and joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, where he was involved in design work. He became a rally co-driver, eventually joining the Sunbeam 'works' team in 1961. and rallying up to International level, until 1968. In 1961 he joined Standard-Triumph in Coventry as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car projects. He ran the re-opened 'works' motorsport department from 1962-1965, this being the period of the birth of Spitfire Le Mans cars, TR4, Vitesse, Spitfire and 2000 rally car developments. After writing magazine rally reports and working for Autocar magazine from 1965-1969, Graham returned to the industry, running the Product Proving department at Rootes. He became a full time independent motoring writer in 1972. He has now published more than 160 books, and regularly appears as a keynote speaker and commentator at many notable automotive events.
Richard Langworth (CBE) has been an automotive writer since 1969, when he joined Automobile Quarterly as an associate and later senior editor. In 1975 he left to freelance, and has since written or co-authored more than 50 books and 2000 articles on automotive history. Richard graduated from Wagner College and is a veteran of the US Coast Guard. He and his wife Barbara reside in Moultonborough, New Hampshire and Eleuthera, Bahamas. They have owned ten Triumphs from a 1938 Dolomite to an assortment of Mayflowers, Renowns and TRs. In 1975, he and several friends founded the Vintage Triumph Register, and in 1978 hosted the Triumph tour of Britain.
Foreword and acknowledgements
It is hard to believe that the first edition of this book was produced back in 1978, when Triumphs were still being built. It was then updated in a second edition in the late 1980s, but this beautifully finished and presented tried edition must surely be the definitive version and the one to have - containing the facts, figures and opinions, it has also been enhanced with a rich variety of colour images. One thing that hasn't changed is that this book remains the most comprehensive history of the Triumph marque that can be imagined, beginning with the arrival of company founder Siegfried Bettman in the UK in 1884 and leading the reader through the twists and turns through sewing machines, bikes and motorbikes that culminated in the last Triumph cars a century later. With chapters on derivatives as well as appendices containing technical specifications, production totals and more, all based on meticulous research that draws heavily on interviews with many of the key figures from within Triumph, it will entertain and inform in equal measure and is sure to be an invaluable reference book in any enthusiast's library. - Triumph World. Now in it's third edition (no surprise, given that the first was published in 1978), Robson and Langworth's magnum opus charts the rise and fall of the British manufacturer from the pre-war years (Langworth's area of expertise) to the later era, where Robson takes the lead. A must for any fan of Britain's motoring past, and a superb reference on all Triumph models. It's great value, too.- Classic & Sports Car. THERE's lots to like in this look back at the British brand's history Auto Express. For both auto historians and marque fans, it is highly unlikely that the Triumph story will ever be more comprehensively or convincing told. Kieron Fennelly This is is a fitting tribute to a great British car marque told by expert authors. A triumph! Big End/All Torque It was already a book book and definitive history, but it's just got even better. tkc (Totalkitcar) Recommended. SIX appeal. it's essential if you don't already have one. Octane (UK) both a comprehensive work of reference and a thumping good read. Club Torque It is quite simply the best Triumph book ever published ... I give this book the highest possible recommendation. TR Driver
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