16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 37

1935 Triumph Gloria 10.8hp Southern Cross Tourer
No Reserve - 1 of just 15 known survivors

Sold for £33,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: BYU 28
Chassis No: G12386VCS
MOT: Exempt

  • The subject of an outstanding 'back to original specification, no expense spared refurbishment' by Colin Clifford Restorations between 2002-2004
  • Understood to be one of just fifteen known survivors from the thirty-one Gloria 10.8hp Southern Cross Tourers made from August 1934 - July 1935
  • Said to 'drive beautifully' and to be 'ready to go on further adventures'

The Gloria range represented a concerted effort by Triumph to move upmarket. It could be bought with a variety of open and closed bodywork configurastions, not to mention a choice of four-cylinder or six-cylinder Coventry Climax engines. Twice winner of its namesake rally, the six-cylinder Monte Carlo was engineered by Donald Healey and influenced the Gloria 10.8hp Southern Cross Tourer model. Based on a 96-inch wheelbase chassis equipped with all-round leaf-sprung suspension and hydraulic drum brakes, the latter was powered by a 1232cc four-cylinder engine allied to four-speed manual transmission. Tougher and stockier in stance than equivalent models from Riley and MG, the Gloria 10.8hp Southern Cross Tourer was bodied in aluminium over ash by Cross & Ellis. Sporting a mesh radiator grille, raked windscreen, heavily-louvred bonnet, cut-away doors, sweeping wings and twin rear-mounted spare wheels, it was praised by Motor Sport magazine as ‘a solidly built light car, well sprung, comfortable and suitable for long distance touring’. Perhaps due to the sheer profusion of Gloria models, the 10.8hp Southern Cross Tourer was not a strong seller with the Pre-1940 Triumph Motor Club estimating that just 15 of the 31 cars made have survived to the present day.

Reportedly entrusted to Colin Clifford Restorations for an ‘outstanding back to original, no expense spared refurbishment’ by its previous keeper, the work took some two years to complete between 2002 and 2004, with Mr Clifford then looking after ‘BYU 28’ until his retirement. Serviced and maintained by Jim Allen of Holten le Clay Garage since, the Triumph Gloria is understood to have been ‘enthusiastically campaigned’ and to have shown itself to be ‘ideally suited to long distance touring and perfectly capable of keeping up with modern traffic on numerous holidays and events throughout Europe’. Stated by the vendor to be ‘driving and performing well’, this decidedly rare 10.8hp Southern Cross Tourer is offered for sale with five volumes of paperwork containing numerous restoration photographs and invoices.

For more information, please contact:
Stewart Parker
01925 210035


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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